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Balestier’s Marko Kraljevic wants to salvage Singapore football pride

Balestier Khalsa Head Coach Marko Kraljevic wants his side to salvage some pride for local teams as they take on Brunei DPMM FC on Wednesday evening at Jalan Besar Stadium in the first leg of the RHB Singapore Cup semi-final.

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No local clubs have won any domestic silverware since Warriors’ league triumph and Balestier’s Singapore Cup success in 2014.

On the other hand, DPMM and Albirex Niigata FC (S) have been sweeping accolades after accolades, with the White Swans successfully retaining their Singapore Premier League title this season already.

In fact, the last Singapore Cup final featured two foreign clubs, with Albirex beating Global Cebu to retain the trophy for a third season in a row.

Kraljevic could not hide his dismay at the current state of affairs, having been part of the local scene since his Balestier Central days.

“We need to work harder and show the fans that we can be better. It’s not good for foreign teams to be in all the finals all the time,” Kraljevic said.

“We need to raise our game and for our boys to be more competitive.”

The Tigers will have to fight to earn a spot in the season-ending final though, as DPMM demonstrated their might with an eventual 5-0 aggregate win over Warriors FC.

Azwan Ali and Volodymyr Pryyomov were among the goals in DPMM’s last game and Kraljevic have highlighted them as threats to his team’s hopes.

But he believes his side will need little motivation to take the game to the Wasps and put on a show.

“This is a chance for a spot in the final, the boys won’t need much motivation other than that. We are always ready and everyone is looking forward to the game,” he shared.