Flop vs Top: Five S.League players who featured in the World Cup

FourFourTwo picks out five footballers who played in the S.League and FIFA World Cup, but their success in Singapore however, was very much mixed...

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Emile Mbouh Mbouh

Racking up a total of 68 international caps for the Cameroon national team, and having played in two World Cups (1990 and 1994), there were high hopes for Mbouh Mbouh (main photo, bottom right) when he signed for Tiong Bahru United – now known as Tanjong Pagar United – in 1997.

The Cameroonian midfielder had even shone in Malaysia for Perlis, impressing with his discipline and commitment before crossing the Causeway.

The Jaguars finished second in the league that season, three points behind Warriors

In a team that also featured the likes of Steven Tan, Lim Tong Hai and Robin Chitrakar, the Jaguars finished second in the league that season, three points behind Warriors FC, then known as Singapore Armed Forces.

But with only one goal scored, Mbouh Mbouh was sent packing after three-quarters of his debut season in the Republic.

Ivan Bosnjak

The Croatian striker plied his trade at Brunei DPMM in 2013 and was part of their squad that finished runners-up in the League Cup that season, but only made five appearances in total for the Wasps.

Bosnjak had 14 senior caps to his name, making six appearances for Croatia during their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign and was eventually named in their World Cup squad, where he made one substitute appearance off the bench. 

Bosnjak finished his career in Indonesia after playing for DPMM

Before playing in the S.League, the 38-year-old had spells in Croatia, Libya, and China, retiring in Indonesia after a year with Persija Jakarta.

Kazuyuki Toda

Diehard Tottenham Hotspur fans will remember Toda, who sported a head of blazing red hair during his season-long loan at White Hart Lane, where he mustered four underwhelming appearances.

But hardcore S.League fans will better recall the fanfare when the midfielder signed for Warriors in 2013 in the twilight of his career, promptly to flop for them as they finished the season in seventh.

Toda failed to make the grade at Warriors. Photo: Warriors FC

Toda had played a pivotal role in Japan’s national team in the 2002 World Cup, where he made four appearances as the Samurai Blue managed to reach the round of 16 before getting knocked out by Turkey.