Abbas Saad: The games that changed my life

Astro Supersport pundit and former Johor star Abbas Saad shares the five defining matches of his career with FFT's Zee Ko...

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1. Dream Team: Singapore FA 4-0 Pahang DM

Malaysia Cup final, 1994

That's obviously the first game that comes to mind, [considering] I scored a hattrick and we won the Malaysia Cup. Actually, that second bit's probably more important for me because it was the first time Singapore had won it in 14 years. Not to mention the heartbreak from two previous occasions in 1990 and 1993 (Singapore FA were runners-up on both occasions), so this was really memorable.

2. The 'Golden Double': Johor FA 3-1 Selangor

Malaysia Cup final, 1991

'91 was the year we won the league with Johor, but it was also the year we won the Double. It was a fantastic season, we won the league and the Malaysia Cup together which was [the first time any team in Malaysia had done it].

If you're still wondering, Abbas Saad is sporting a huge grin on the right in the front row

Photo: simontalks

3. NSL winner: Sydney Olympic 2-0 Marconi Stallions

National Soccer League grand final, 1990

Winning the grand final for Sydney Olympic, my former team in Australia, for the first time ever in the club's history against Marconi Stallions has to go on this list too. I was also voted man-of-the-match in that game!

4. Australian debut: Australia vs Torpedo Moscow

Friendly, 1990

Making my debut for the Australian national team is a memory I'll cherish. It was against one of the Russian teams, Torpedo Moscow I think. As an 18-19 year old, it was a big thrill. It's a big thing for any kid to represent his country and that was a special, special occasion.

5. Dream Team II: Singapore FA 2-1 Kedah DA

M-League, 1994

I've played some great games and been very lucky to be part of some great teams but for my fifth pick, I'd go with Singapore again. Clinching the league title on the last day of the 1994 season, away in Brunei... But actually I think it was the game before that, it was against Kedah at the National Stadium and we had to beat them to become champions. Fandi Ahmad scored both goals – one of them the best team goal ever scored at the National Stadium.

There were 85,000 to 90,000 people at the stadium, even the Prime Minister was there!

Abbas Saad will be one of several football stars auctioned for charity this May. Photo: 24sevens

Catch Abbas Saad and other local football legends at the 24SEVENS football tournament, which kicks off in Singapore from 15-16 May 2015 at The Cage Sports Park @ Turf City. For more information, visit