SAFFC’s 2007 Singapore Cup winners: Where Are They Now?

Ten years ago, SAFFC (now Warriors FC) and Tampines Rovers played out arguably the best ever Singapore Cup final, with the uniformed outfit prevailing 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller. FFT traces the whereabouts of that legendary Warriors squad…

Shahril Jantan

While he conceded three goals on the night, that did not stop the then 27-year-old from becoming one of the more prominent figures in the S.League.

Almost a decade on, the 36-year-old – now armed with a Bachelor in Criminology and Security – is still serving as a prison officer

Shahril spent a total of 16 years in the top-flight, accumulating six S.League titles and four Singapore Cups with Geylang, Warriors and Home United before hanging up his gloves at the end of the 2015 season.

He is the most successful player in Singapore Cup history, winning it in 2007, 2008 and 2012 with Warriors, and 2013 with Home.

Now 37, Shahril is giving back to the community with his role as a programme executive at a social service organisation called Students Care Service.

He doubles up as goalkeeping coach for Milan Soccer Academy in Singapore and L’s Football Academy.

Faizal Hamid

A hardworking attacking full-back, Faizal enjoyed a superb 2007 for club and country – playing a starring role in SAFFC’s double win and a member of Singapore’s starting 11 under Raddy Avramovic.

He then left for Gombak and lifted the 2008 League Cup with the Bulls, before hanging up his boots that year to focus on his budding career with the Singapore Prison Service (SPS).

Almost a decade on, the 36-year-old – now armed with a Bachelor in Criminology and Security from the University of Liverpool – is still serving as a prison officer.

Photo: S.League

Daniel Bennett

Kneed in the back of the head following a vicious tackle by national teammate Noh Alam Shah in the Cup final, Bennett recovered in time to join the trophy celebrations that ensued.

Though not the quickest defender, the English-born stopper makes up for that with his superb reading of situations that enabled to him produce timely interceptions over the years.

Bennett’s longevity in the game has to be lauded as he is still going strong despite turning 40 next January. After winning five S.League titles and two Singapore Cups with the Warriors, he left for Geylang in 2016 before joining Tampines in 2017.

The evergreen centre-back recently won his 140th cap for Singapore and we are not betting against him making it 150.

Bennett is still going strong. Photo: Weixiang Lim/FFT

Kenji Arai

Coming to Singapore as part of the first-ever Albirex Niigata squad in 2004, Arai was most fondly remembered for his time with the Warriors.

Comfortable on the ball and always ready to play out from the back, the classy Japanese centre-half forged a superb understanding with Bennett at the heart of defence as they won four straight S.League titles from 2006 to 2009.

Arai then played a season for Sengkang Punggol (now Hougang United) in 2010 and a further two years for Home before retiring at the end of 2012.

The 39-year-old now resides in Saitama, Japan where he is coaching the Under-12s at Fly High Soccer School.