Match Preview: Geylang International vs Warriors
By Deepanraj Ganesan on 15 May 2014
Kento Fukuda will need to be at his best to keep out the Warriors’ potent attacking threats
Getting back to winning ways will be top of the agenda for Geylang International as they welcome Warriors FC to the Bedok Stadium on Friday, in what is the start of the second round of fixtures in the 2014 S-League season. After surrendering their seven match unbeaten run against Albirex Niigata(S) last time out, the Eagles would want to extend their home record. In the four matches played at their home ground, Geylang International are yet to encounter defeat.
In the reverse fixture, which happened to be the opening game of the season, Warriors secured a 2-1 victory. Hafiz Nor, scoring a thunderbolt for a consolation. Since then, the Eagles have made notable managerial changes which have seen results as well as performances improve. Speaking to EaglesTV, head coach Jorg Steinebrunner felt the match was a chance to show just how far they had come. He said: “Since I came here, the performances have been at a high level and we can prove it once again with a good match on Friday.”
Jorg felt it was against his philosophy if he chose to play negative football.
The Warriors will certainly be no pushovers, given their current hot streak. With Nicolas Velez and Miroslav Pejic leading their attack, the goals have been flowing and they currently sit second in the table. When asked if there needed to be a more defensive approach to counter the Warriors, Jorg felt it was against his philosophy if he chose to do so. He said: “We want to try and score goals, parking the bus is not my style and I will never do that. We will go into the match with a positive mind-set in search of a result.”
K. Sathiaraj looks set to return, to the bench at least, after being out since the start of the season. Center back Joaquin Lopez is doubtful for the clash after picking up a knock in training and as a result, right back Khairulnizam Jumahat could start at right back with Yuki Ichikawa moving into the middle to partner his counterpart, Kento Fukuda. The biggest blow, however, will be the absence of former Warriors winger, Mustaqim Manzur, after he picked up a red card in the last match. Jorg rued the absence of the player who had been producing good performances but felt players who would come in can do an equally apt job for him. The German added: “Mustaqim has given us good impact in a lot of areas in the last few matches but it speaks volumes of the squad that I am confident in people like Aliff Shafaein and Hafiz Nor stepping up and doing a good job in Mustaqim’s absence.”
A promise of attacking football by the Eagles against a Warriors’ side banging in the goals at the moment ensures that the audience at the Bedok Stadium on Friday will have an abundance of action to shout about in the stands as the Eagles look eager to get back to winning ways.