My Perfect XI: R. Sasikumar
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.
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.