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Shahfiq Ghani: Final SPL game is a matter of pride for Hougang United

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TEAM NEWS:

For Hougang, attacker Iqbal Hussain will miss out due to broken ribs while defender Faiz Salleh is suspended.

As for Geylang, forward Shawal Anuar remains out due to his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury while midfielder Fuad Ramli serves the second of his two-match suspension.

However the good news is that Azhar Sairudin is back from suspension to face his old employers.

FORM GUIDE:

Hougang United FC: LLLLD
Geylang International FC: LLDLD

PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

05/08/18 Geylang 0-3 Hougang – Singapore Premier League
12/05/18 Hougang 1-3 Geylang – Singapore Premier League
18/08/17 Hougang 0-1 Geylang – Singapore Premier League
20/05/17 Geylang 1-1 Hougang – Singapore Premier League
27/02/17 Hougang 2-0 Geylang – Singapore Premier League

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR:

Stanely Ng (Hougang United FC)

Once a bright young talent, Ng reminded the fans of his qualities with a sparkling display against Albirex the last time out. With nifty dribbling skills and the pace to burn, the 26-year-old will pose a threat to a Geylang backline which had already been breached 56 times this term.

Azhar Sairudin (Geylang International FC)

On his last visit to Hougang Stadium, Azhar showed Hougang what they were missing out on with a superb curling strike in a 3-1 win back in May. The 31-year-old will pose a big threat in the attacking third with his vision and ability to link up with the forwards.

WHAT ELSE THEY SAID:

Hougang forward Shahfiq Ghani: “I have another season with the team so I hope we can push more in 2019. This season is something for us to remind each other that every game counts. We’ve been playing well but just can’t get the results. In football, it’s still the goals and points that matters more than the performances.”

Geylang forward Fairoz Hasan: “It’s always bittersweet to be back at Hougang Stadium… I miss my friends and the facilities for the past few years and it’s sad that my time with Hougang had to end on an unsavoury way. But I guess I owed it to them for releasing me, so that I could move on to play for Geylang and achieve a personal record for myself.

“This game will be special for me because my beautiful baby girl arrived in the world just a few days ago and it would be great if I can score a goal for her!”