FFT's S.League Team of the Month: August

The S.League returned with a bang as leaders Albirex Niigata (S) ended up extending their lead while Tampines Rovers stumbled and Brunei DPMM experienced a resurgence in form. FFT picks out the best players of the month...

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Goalkeeper: Yazid Yasin (Warriors FC)

Veteran goalkeeper Yazid appears in this team for a second straight month, despite not having picked up a clean sheet in all four games the Warriors played.

But one has to go below the surface in this instance as the 37-year-old was largely instrumental in preventing his side from conceding more and was helpless for the ones he conceded in any case.

Most notably, the former Singapore international proved he still has what it takes with a spectacular double save in their 3-2 defeat against Tampines Rovers. Having parried Yasir Hanapi’s fierce free-kick away, Yazid then recovered in time to push Jordan Webb’s follow-up effort over the bar a split second later.

Defender: Rosmin Kamis (Brunei DPMM)

DPMM captain Rosmin makes his first appearance of the season in this series, having turned in some stellar displays as his side picked up 10 points out of a possible 12 this month.

The 35-year-old adapted to a centre-back role this year and his experience has come to the fore, particularly as he had to work with different partners as Awangku Fakharazzi and Reduan Petara both made their first starts of the season in August.

A first clean sheet in 17 league games was achieved in the victory over Warriors, while Rosmin’s effective man-marking job on Fumiya Kogure in their last game against Hougang United was praised by coach Steve Kean as vital in their come-from-behind win.               

Defender: Anders Aplin (Geylang International)

For someone who had only made one league appearance and a further four in other competitions before this month, Anders has given more than a decent account of himself.

The 25-year-old, who is in his first season as a professional, was handed a first start in Geylang colours against Tampines Rovers after impressing in the League Cup.

He kept his place for the remaining three games in the month - deployed in an unfamiliar left-back role - and did not look out of place as the Eagles notched seven points in August.

Defender: Tomoki Menda (Albirex Niigata (S))

The defender has been in and out of the Albirex side this season, but played a part in all three games in August and was a starter in both matches they won.

After coming on as a substitute in their first match against DPMM, whom they lost to away in Brunei, Menda proved his worth in the next game by blasting in a sublime opening goal against Garena Young Lions.

The Japanese were struggling to find the breakthrough until the right wing-back provided it, cracking in a volley from an acute angle that was reminiscent of Marco van Basten’s famous effort.

The 23-year-old played his part in helping the White Swans keep a clean sheet in that game, as well as the next, as they ended the month four points clear at the top.