My Perfect XI: R. Sasikumar

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Central midfielder: Zsolt Bucs

In the 1998 season when I was playing for Home United and we were going unbeaten for many games, he helped with that.

When we had a free-kick, we knew we were going to win the game with Zsolt taking it.


Central midfielder: Hamid Esteli

Played for Iran in the World Cup and scored against USA. I played with him in Geylang.

Another player who could run for days, extremely fit, disciplined player and one of those pros you can a lot from.

Right-midfielder: Vlado Bozinovski

You can’t find another midfielder better than him as a playmaker.

He played for the Socceroos, in Turkey and also in Portugal. His mental approach is something I learnt a lot.

Left-midfielder: Gusta Guzarishah

If you look at the Singapore midfield, you cannot find someone like him - the way he ran with the ball.

It was a real waste that he had disciplinary issues but if you take that away, he was just a joy to watch.

Centre-forward: Ernie Tapai

He was a strong powerful player going forward. He played for the Socceroos as well.

A good team player, great in the dressing room and a good guy all around.

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Striker: Ali Daei

When Singapore played Iran, I played against him when he was just about to move to Bundesliga to play for Bayern Munich.

I was very impressed and although he didn’t score against me, he was a monster of a player.

Coach: Barry Whitbread

First of all, being a good human being is necessary to be a good coach, that’s what he brought to the game.

He taught me a lot in football. He has to be the man to lead this team.

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