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Newsbreak: Singapore win two more bronzes through windsurfer Audrey Yong and the Cubs

The reports:

Singapore has won two more bronzes today – in windsurfing and football.

Audrey Yong finished third in the Giurls Techno 293 competition at East Coast Park on a generally disappointing day for Singapore’s sailors while the Singapore Cubs made up for their shock 0-2 loss to Haiti on Sunday by beating Montenegro 4-1 tonight for the bronze.

But Isabelle Li and Clarence Chew bowed out of the quarter-finals of the table tennis mixed team competition. They lost 1-2 to Japan this afternoon. It was a commendable result though. And the third game was particularly thrilling. Singapore were trailing 0-2 before thei bounced back to win the next two sets to make it 2-2.

However, I think that effort must have taken a bit out of them because Japan then stormed back to win the fifth set and advance into the semis.

My heartiest congratulations to both Audrey and the Cubs and kudos to Isabelle and Clarence.

Here are the reports of their triumphs from The Straits Times website.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan


Cubs beat Montenegro 4-1

(The Straits Times Online, 25 Aug 2010)

By Gerard Wong

SINGAPORE midfielder Hanafi Mohamed Akbar finally broke his duck in the Youth Olympic Games football competition as the Singapore Cubs defeated Montenegro 4-1 on Wednesday night to clinch the bronze medal.

Hanafi, who failed to find the net in Singapore’s three earlier matches, scored twice in front of a crowd that was visibly smaller than the 6,000-strong throng that had packed Jalan Besar Stadium to watch Singapore beat Montenegro 3-2 last Tuesday and lose 0-2 to Haiti in the semi-finals on Sunday.

But this time, the fans were rewarded for their unwavering faith in the Singapore youngsters.

And Singapore responded appropriately by taking just six minutes to break the deadlock through Hanafi, who picked up a pass and brushed aside his markers before slotting the ball past Montenegro goalkeeper Marko Kordic.

However, the Cubs’ joy was shortlived. Two minutes after the goal, skipper Jeffrey Lightfoot suffered a bad cut on his head and had to be substituted.

The situation worsened two minutes later when Montenegro equalised through Jovan Baosic. The defender was unmarked when a freekick was floated in and had all the time in the world to power his header past Singapore keeper Fashah Rosedin.

The match ended 1-1 at half-time.

Hanafi then scored his second goal of the match and tournament five minutes after the break when he received Bryan Neubronner’s cross at the edge of the Montenegro box and slammed his shot past Kordic.

Singapore made it 3-1 in the 56th minute after they were awarded a penalty. Referee Norbert Hauata had apparently spotted a Montenegro player tugging at the jersey of one of the Singapore players and pointed to the spot.

Midfielder Ammirul Mazlan then sent Kordic the wrong way to give Singapore a comfortable lead.

Ammirul then made it a night to remember for the Cubs and the Jalan Besar faithful when he headed Hanafi’s 65th-minute freekick into the Montenegro net to make it 4-1.


Windsurfer Audrey grabs a bronze

(The Straits Times Online, 25 Aug 2010)

By Gerard Wong

SINGAPORE’S sailing campaign at the Youth Olympic Games ended on a disappointing note after windsurfer Audrey Yong emerged the only medal winner at the East Coast Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Audrey, 15, who started the day in fifth place, finished third in the last race of the Girls Techno 293, behind Veronica Fanciulli of Italy and Anastasiya Valkevic of Belarus.

The strong finish enabled the Mayflower Secondary School student to pip Naomi Cohen of Israel to the final spot on the podium. Audrey finished with 43 points, ahead of Naomi who had 46.

Runaway leader Siripon Kaewduang-ngam of Thailand, took it easy on Wednesday and finished fourth. It was easy to see why: she had already sealed the gold on the penultimate day on Tuesday with her seven race wins. Veronica took silver with 39 points.

Audrey’s medal partly made up for the disappointing performance of compatriot and gold-medal hope Darren Choy who did not finish in the top three of the Boys Byte CII competition.

The 16-year-old double-world Byte champion, who was sixth after Tuesday’s races, needed a very strong finish to salvage his medal hopes. But he came in 12th instead, a result that dropped him to seventh overall on the leaderboard. The gold went to his arch-rival Ian Barrows of the US Virgin Islands.

Fiorian Haufe of Germany took silver while Just van Annholt of the Netherlands Antiles finished third.

Singapore’s Natasha Yokoyama finished third in her final Girls Byte CII race but ended up fifth overall. The gold was won by Lara Vadlau of Austria.


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Newsbreak: S’pore beat Montenegro 3-2, to meet Haiti in semis

My thoughts:

Did you catch the Singapore-Montenegro match on television tonight?

My word, watching the Singapore Cubs in action and seeing the packed terraces gave me a severe attack of the goosebumps and brought back some good memories of a Singapore national football team that I once knew and supported fervently

Looking at the composition of the team — a mix of Malays, Chinese and Eurasians — made me think of the Lions of the 1980s and early 1990s, before the Football Association of Singapore started recruiting foreign-born players for the Lions and turning them into naturalised citizens.

(Let’s hope some fine Indian players or raw gems will be discovered and unearthed soon to add to this potentially potent mix)

Well done, lads. Good show tonight.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll see you guys not only in the YOG final but also in the senior team in the years to come.

Singapore boleh! Local talents boleh!

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

The report:

S’pore beat Montenegro

(The Straits Times Online, 19 Aug 2010)

A LATE goal by midfielder Brandon Koh gave Singapore a 3-2 win over Montenegro in a thrilling Youth Olympic Games boys’ football Group D clash at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Thursday night.

The crucial win sends the Cubs to the top of the group and means that Singapore will now avoid free-scoring Bolivia, the top team in Group C, in Sunday’s semi-finals. Instead, Singapore will face Haiti who defeated Vanuatu 2-1 in an earlier match on Thursday night to finish second in Group C, while Montenegro will face the South Americans.

In front of a roaring capacity crowd of 5,850, which included Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and three other ministers, Singapore got off to a dream start when they took a shock lead in the second minute. The goal was created by midfielder Mohd Hanafi who sent striker Suhaimi Muhaimin through on goal with an incisive pass.

Suhaimi – who scored twice in Singapore’s 3-1 win over Zimbabwe last Friday – then brought the fans on their feet when he squeezed past his two markers before slotting the ball past onrushing goalkeeper Marko Kordic. But Montenegro struck back six minutes later to silence the partisan crowd.

Singapore goalkeeper Fashah Rosedin was clearly at fault for the goal. Montenegro skipper Nebojsa Kosovic had floated a harmless-looking freekick into the Singapore box which onrushing teammate Aleksandar Boljevic failed to connect with his head. But instead of making an easy save, Fashah inexplicably fumbled the ball into the net.

Montenegro then made it 2-1 after they were awarded a penalty in the 21st minute. Referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot after deciding that Singapore defender Illyas Lee had raised his boot too high when challenging Boljevic for the ball. Kosovic then calmly slotted the ball into the net to give his country a 2-1 lead.

But Singapore skipper Jeffrey Lightfoot gave the Cubs a huge psychological boost when he headed in the equaliser in the 35th minute during a corner. Montenegro goalkeeper Kordic had weakly palmed the inswinging corner away but quick-thinking Brandon Koh bicycle-kicked the ball back into the danger area. An unmarked Lightfoot then ran in to head the ball into the empty net to bring the crowd to their feet again.

Singapore goalkeeper Fashah then redeemed himself in the second-half with several brave and good saves but the turning point for Singapore came in the 63rd minute when Montenegro midfielder Nickola Jovanovic was sent off for punching Mazlan Ammirul while both were on the ground. Singapore piled on the pressure after that and the Cubs’ aggression were eventually rewarded in the 74th minute.

Montenegro defender Danilo Sarkic had robbed Mohd Hanafi of the ball at the edge of box but undid all his good work by sending a weak back pass to his goalkeeper. Seeing the golden opportunity, Brandon sprinted in to slot the ball past Kordic to spark wild celebrations in the stands.


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Tributes flow in for deceased YOG football coach David Sivalingam

Here is a compilation of tributes to the late David Sivalingam from members of the Singapore football fraternity.

They were taken from The Straits Times and The New Paper. Once again, my deepest sympathies and condolences to his family for their loss.

I hope they are able to find a little comfort in the wonderful memories that people have of him.

The tributes:

“Coach Siva is the other man I would look up to apart from my dad. I am extremely saddened by his death. I could really communicate with him and he treated all the AYG boys like his own sons. After every training, he would call our homes to make sure every player was back safe and sound. When we lost 1-4 to Thailand in the AYG, I was distraught. But coach Siva put his arm around me on the bus and told me that winning and losing is all part of this beautiful game called football. I will really miss his guidance.”

– National U-14 squad member and defender Dhukhilan Jeevamani

“Coach Siva is extremely passionate about football. Last Saturday morning, we had a COE (Centre of Excellence) league game against SAFFC (Singapore Armed Forces FC). We needed a win to go third in the table and we won 7-1. It was our biggest win of the season and we could tell how much it meant to our coach at the end of the game. He was so happy with our performance. But he also kept reminding us never to neglect our studies. He would allow us to miss training if we had exams.”

– National U-14 squad member and striker Syazwan Zin

“Siva was a coach who really knew how to blend in with the players. Even though we had went our separate ways after our Sembawang days, I remained close to him. He was such a funny character, who was always teasing the players and we felt that we could approach him to talk about anything. He had my total respect as a mentor and as a friend.”

–  National striker Noh Alam Shah who, as a rookie player at Sembawang Rangers, spent his formative years groomed by Sivalingam

“He creates such a happy mood whenever he is around and that is something we will miss in the FAS office.”

– National U-21 coach V. Sundramoorthy

“This is a sad loss for Singapore football. Sivalingam has been producing results for the youth teams. He won the Under-18 league with the National Football Academy side last year and this year, he did very well with the AYG team.”

– Lions goalkeeping coach Lee Bee Seng

He was with me for about six years in various coaching capacities. At one time, he was our first-team coach but he truly excelled in coaching the youths.”

– Teo Hock Seng, chairman, Tampines Rovers

“This is so sudden. I am so shocked. The team is very close to him. He is like a father. He has done so much for us. We are all very sad that we have lost our dear coach. He was always motivating us to perform beyond ourselves. He not only taught us how to play good football but also how to be good and responsible citizens. Whenever we did something wrong, he would never raise his voice at us. He would always take us aside and try to find out why we did what we did. He is a great person and we will miss him dearly.”

– National U-14 squad member and skipper Jeffrey Lightfoot.

Finally, here are some words from David himself which were taken from an interview in March 2009. It reveals his coaching philosophy and methods for dealing with youth footballers:

“These boys are like my children. When their parents entrust them to me, I have to look after them as they are all very young. I discipline them and make sure they don’t mix with the wrong company. When they get injured during training, I bring them to the hospital and stay with them even until 3am, make sure they’re fine. After training, I call to make sure that they have reached home safely. When students feel that we genuinely care for them, they will give of their best to the game.

– National U-14 coach David Sivalingam, RIP 1958 – 2009


David Sivalingam’s funeral is on 4 November (Wednesday). The cortege leaves at 3pm for a 3.30pm service at the Church of the Holy Trinity  in Tampines. Subsequently, it will travel to Mandai Crematorium Hall 3. The cremation is at 5pm.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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