Gombak’s 2008 League Cup winners: Where Are They Now?
Receiving a bye to go straight into the two-legged 2008 quarter-finals courtesy of a top-four finish in the S.League the previous season, Gombak faced Home United and progressed 2-1 on aggregate – drawing 1-1 at Jurong West, before winning 1-0 away at Bishan.
The Bulls then smoothly progressed into the final, beating Young Lions 4-1 at home and drawing 1-1 away to win the tie 5-2 on aggregate.
They completed the job by defeating another now-defunct club Korean Super Reds 2-1 to lift the trophy.
So, where are those players that featured in that final and the coach at the helm then?
Chosen ahead of the more experienced Fadhil Salim to start in goal for the tournament, the then-19-year-old impressed by making several stops in the final and was selected for the S.League Selection squad for the prestigious Sultan of Selangor’s Cup a month later
However, he failed to live up to his early promise and soon faded into oblivion. In March 2016, it was reported that he was dealt with under Internal Security Act (ISA) by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for ‘voluntarily taking up arms and participating in the sectarian conflict in Yemen’ – pretty sad to hear indeed.
An attacking full-back with high work rate, Faizal had made seven appearances for the Singapore national team and captained the Bulls to the shock triumph in 2008.
However, he chose to hang up his boots after the final game of that season at the age of 27 to focus on his budding career with the Singapore Prison Service (SPS).
Almost a decade on, he is still serving as a prison officer and recently completed a Bachelor in Criminology and Security from / University of Liverpool at the Singapore Institute of Technology.
A versatile defender who can play anywhere across the back four, Jaslee stayed at the club till the 2011 season before leaving for Balestier Khalsa the following year.
He won the 2013 League Cup and 2014 Singapore Cup with the Tigers, before retiring and went into coaching, taking charge of National Football League (NFL) Division One side Sporting Westlake, which competed in the 2015 League Cup.
The 36-year-old is now into grassroots coaching and last did the second PA (People’s Association)-FAS (Football Association of Singapore) Football Coaching Course, which aims to groom Community Sports Club (CSC) volunteers into grassroot football coaches.