From the NFL to the S.League: The ones who did it

With some discussion in recent times whether the National Football League (NFL) can become a feasible second tier to the S.League, FFT looks five players who used the competition to earn moves to Singapore’s top flight...

Shawal Anuar

Who says you are not good enough for the S.League if you play in the National Football League (NFL)?

Shawal Anuar will have you know that is simply not true, given how his career has progressed so far.

Playing with Keppel Monaco FC just three years ago, Shawal never gave up on his dreams and eventually impressed enough to be recruited into Geylang International’s Prime League squad in 2014.

Shawal rise to the top has been astonishing

Starting his S.League career near the age of  24, many will be forgiven for doubting Shawal’s ability to make the cut in Singapore’s top flight.

But the winger since went on to break into the senior team, before capping his meteoric rise in 2016 by earning a call-up to the national team. 

Shawal has since went on trial with Japanese side second division team Matsumoto Yamaga and is now viewed as an integral member of Geylang, having netting nine times in the league this season, and finishing the campaign as top scorer for the Eagles. 

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