Match Preview: Home United vs Geylang International
By Andrew Ang on 1 March 2014
Head coach Kanan Vedhamuthu pulled no punches when asked about how crucial the match against Home United on Saturday will be. He said: “The match is extremely important for us. We need a win to get confidence back for the team and myself as a coach.”
A cloud of nerves is set to loom over the Bishan Stadium come Saturday, as his Geylang International side face Home United FC in their second match of the 2014 S.League season. After starting their campaigns on a losing note, both teams will be eager to take all three points.
Home United suffered an opening day, 1-0 defeat in the Charity Shield and league match against Tampines Rovers and followed up that result with another 1-0 defeat in their AFC group tie opener against Maldivian champions New Radiant SC.
Meanwhile, Geylang International crashed to a defeat in their first match too, a 2-1 defeat to Warriors FC proving to be their undoing.
The home side will have to do without Singapore international Qiu Li, after he was shown a red card during the season opener. Geylang, on the other hand, will be without injured defender Kento Fukuda, and Fabian Kwok who is still nursing a knee injury.
Leonel Felice, the team’s only recognized forward will make his debut for the Eagles after receiving his employment pass last night. His availability is a timely boost for the away side given their lack of cutting edge in attack, last weekend against the Warriors.
One man, certain to make the team for the Saturday’s tie, will be the Eagles’ Hamqammal Shah. The left-footed former Balestier Khalsa man looked sharp during training and is raring to make his debut for his new side. He said: “I am looking forward to Saturday because I already missed the first match and I am desperate to contribute something to the team”.
When quizzed on his side’s chances on Saturday, a confident Hamqammal said: “For us, we have to go for three points every game. The team we have here is not just to compete but to win something for the club”.
Head coach Kanan was equally confident, citing Geylang International’s performance in the 2-1 defeat against Home United at Bishan Stadium last July. He said: “We played them with a younger squad last season and we gave them a run for their money. With this experienced squad, we will (hopefully) do better.”
A confident away side, gunning for their first win of the season and a home side looking to show why they are the title favourites this season. Plenty to savour ahead of this Saturday’s kick off at the Bishan Stadium.