Geylang International FC

Match Preview: Warriors vs Geylang International

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Geylang International and Warriors FC will look to put behind a lacklustre 2013 campaign as they kick start their new season against each other at the Choa Chu Kang stadium on Sunday.

It will be the first of three tough matches that await the Eagles in a frenzy of opening fixtures that would see them playing away to the Warriors, Home United and defending champions Tampines Rovers.

Arguably, the tie against Alex Weaver’s Warriors side seems to be the most winnable fixture out of the three and it was a notion not lost on Coach Kanan Vedhamuthu’s mind as he said pre match: “We want to start our season with a win and hopefully we can do it.”

Geylang go into the match on the back of indifferent pre-season results which saw them beat Tampines Rovers and Warriors FC one goal to nil but saw them return from the IFA shield in India with no wins to show for. Warriors have been no different, enduring a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Albirex Nigata (S) before registering a 2-0 win over Melaka United in their last pre-season match.

The Eagles will have to do without suspended Hamqaamal Shah and the injured Japanese defender Kento Fukuda, while Leonel Felice may not be available for the match after failing to obtain the necessary employment document in time. Coach Kanan however remained upbeat at the chances of his Argentinean forward playing, saying that the Club will try to acquire the required document in time before kickoff this Sunday.

Asked about his opponents, Coach Kanan said: “They have very good experienced players but as a team maybe they’re not that great but they have the experienced players who can make a difference.”

He added, “I have seen them play and I know how to counter them and I have the players to do just that.”

With both sides gunning for a win to kick-start their 2014 campaign, a football feast is in store at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium come Sunday.

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