Friday, April 26, 2013

Worst AFC Cup ever as Warriors also crashed out

Singapore sides suffered their worst AFC Cup ever as both Tampines Rovers and Warriors FC lost the fight to play in the competition in the group stage.

Until this year, S-league have always send 1 representative into the knockout stage but now that record is gone.

The Warriors had to win against Semen Padang or it was bust and that was what it was.

They just could not get going against the Indonesia and fell 0-2 at Jalan Besar.

With that, their dream of progressing any further in the AFC Cup was over and history was rewritten with no Singapore sides reaching the AFC Cup knockout stage for the first ever.

But more unwanted history could be on the way as in the match against Saigon, Tampines Rovers forwards Sead Hadzibulic and Khairul Amri both got on the scoresheet but it was not enough to earn their first win as they played to a 2-2 draw.

If the Stags still do not win against Selangor next week then they will enter the history book alongside Geylang International as the other Singapore team not to won any games in the AFC Cup group stage since it inception in 2004.

Surely it is something the Champions do not want even if pride is left.

Tampines Rovers
Sasa Dreven (GK), Jufri Taha, Mustafic Fahrudin (C), Khairul Amri, Ahmed Fhamie (Imran Sahib), Shahdan Sulaiman, Alesandar Duric, Anaz Hadee, Firdaus Kasman, Martin Wagner (Jamil Ali), Sead Hadzibulic (Shannon Stephen)


Warriors FC
Hassan Sunny (GK), Zulfadli Abidin, Abdil Qaiyyim, Tatsuro Inui, Mislav Karoglan (Matthew Abraham), Sufian Anuar, Marin Vidosevic (Dharham Aziz), Ruzaini Zainal, Shukor Zailan, Daniel Bennett (C), Shi Jia Yi (Prakash Manikam)

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