Thursday, May 2, 2013

AFC Cup end on a whimper as Stags 'achieved' unwanted history

Singapore 2013 AFC Cup campaign has been nothing short of disaster and it ended that way as both Tampines Rovers and Warriors FC once again lost in Asia.

The Stags lost 2-3 to Selangor at the Jalan Besar Stadium while Warriors FC was crushed 0-5 by Kitchee in Hong Kong.

An own goal plus what may be the final Asian goal from Alesandar Duric saw the Stags pull level after going 2 goals down but it was not enough yet again as they now become the second team from S-league history to go through an entire group phrase of the AFC Cup without a single win.

Like their Eastern rival Geylang International, who did it in 2010, this is hardly anything to be proud of and both teams have the same record of 2 draws and 4 defeats from their 6 games.

Tampines Rovers is also the first team to have failed to reach the knockout stage of the AFC Cup twice and in a row as well.

Along with that, Tampines also become the first team to lose all their home games in the AFC Cup.

What unwanted history for the Champions.

Tampines Rovers
Sasa Dreven (GK) (Ridhuan Barudin), Jufri Taha, Mustafic Fahrudin (C), Ahmed Fahmie (Khairul Amri)Aleksandar Duric, Sead Hadzibulic, Imran Sahib (Shannon Stephen), Anaz Hadee, Saiful Esah, Firdaus Kasman, Jamil Ali


Warriors FC
Hassan Sunny (GK), Syaiful Iskandar  (Prakash Manikam), Zulfadli Abidin, Abdil Qaiyyim, Sufian Anuar (Mathew Abraham), Marin Vidosevic, Erwan Gunawan, Ruzaini Zainal, Shukor Zailan (Mislav Karoglan), Daniel Bennett (C), Shi Jia Yi

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