Match Preview: Geylang International vs Hougang United
By Andrew Ang on 10 April 2014
Change was needed and change has definitely rejuvenated a Geylang International side since the appointment of a new head coach in Jorg Steinebrunner. The Eagles head into Friday’s big match with Hougang United at the Jalan Besar Stadium, off the back of impressive results under the German headman and will be looking to make it four consecutive matches unbeaten since the coaching upheaval .
Hougang United have enjoyed a stellar 2014 league campaign, with their most impressive result coming in the last match, a 4-2 win over defending champions Tampines Rovers. Curently in a top four position, The Cheetahs will be seeking to continue their blazing start to the season. The match is set to have an added meaning, as both teams will be playing their first live match of the season.
Besides the long term absentee in K.Sathiaraj, Geylang International will be with a fully fit squad to face The Cheetahs. Captain, Ridhuan Muhammad who dazzled last time out against Harimau Muda, will look to continue his good form as he leads his side out at Jalan Besar on Friday. Fabian Kwok, is also set for his first start of the season, as he looks to stifle the formidable midfield of Hougang United.
Speaking to the Geylang International media team, ahead of Friday’s match, head coach Jorg Steinebrunner, praised the form of his opponents and called for respect for Hougang United. He said: “Hougang United over the last few years have improved and they have had good results this season. We must respect the opponent but at the same time realize we have a very good squad.”
With key players, especially Ridhuan Muhammad riding on a high, the Eagles will look to secure another win. But coach Jorg, played down any notion of a standout player in his team. “Everyone is a key performer in this team. I won’t single out anyone because the teammates will bring out the best in one another,” said the German.
Both teams will be backed by two sets of passionate supporters as they battle it out for three points at the Jalan Besar Stadium come Friday. With the added incentive of the tie being beamed across Singapore as a live match, the onus will be on the 22 players on the field to produce a 90 minutes to remember as they strive for victory.