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Singapore midfield general Fahrudin Mustafic calls it a day after 17 years

One of Singapore’s top central midfielders Fahrudin Mustafic has played his last professional game to put an end to an illustrious 17-year career.

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The 37-year-old was sent off in Tampines Rovers’ 2-1 loss to Brunei DPMM in the Singapore Premier League (SPL) on Saturday, and announced his retirement on his Facebook page after the game.

The Serbian arrived in Singapore as a 20-year-old in 2002 to sign for Tampines Rovers and was given citizenship to don Singapore colours in 2006 under the guidance of former Lions coach Radojko Avramovic.

With more than 300 games for Tampines and 87 international appearances for Singapore, Fahrudin is widely regarded as one of the finest central midfielders to have played the game in the Lion City.

He won the S.League title in 2004 and 2005 to go with his Singapore Cup winner’s medals in 2004 and 2006. He is also a two-time AFF Suzuki Cup champion as part of the 2007 and 2012 squad during the “Raddy era”.

In what was an emotional note, Fahrudin confirmed his retirement but made it known that he is hoping to return to the game in a different capacity and give back to the game in Singapore.