FFT's Five Finds: S.League title in foreign hands once more

Albirex Niigata and Muangthong United are Singapore and Thai league champions respectively, while the Malaysia Cup will be decided next weekend and MSL relegation is still to be determined, all in this week's five finds...

Another foreign team becomes champions of Singapore

In 2015 it was Brunei DPMM and this year it was Albirex Niigata. Whether it is good for the S.League to have another foreign champion is debatable, but Albirex have been involved in the tournament since 2004 and chairman Daisuke Korenga has plans for the long-term.

Albirex have grown and improved slowly but surely over the years, both on and off the pitch. Surely few in Singapore will begrudge them their long-awaited success.

On Friday, fans at Jalan Besar Stadium did not have to wait long. A win against Hougang United was enough and it was virtually sealed after just eight minutes, with top scorer Atsushi Kawata and then Masaya Jitozono establishing a two-goal lead.

It finished 3-0 and the Japanese team is now aiming for the quadruple, having already lifted the Community Shield and the League Cup. All that is left is the Singapore Cup final against Tampines on October 29.

It would make for quite a season, but perhaps next time it will be a Singaporean team doing the business.

No one can deny Albirex are worthy champions

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