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Singaporeans who went abroad: The Thai trailblazer, the young guns Down Under

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Pravin Guanasagaran

One of the few players that shone at the 2015 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, it is quite a surprise why Pravin is not playing professional football these days.

Prior to that, the former NFA Under-18 player was reported to be playing for Canning City Football Club in Football West State League Division 1 — the second-highest state-level football competition in Western Australia.

He featured in both the senior and reserves league, and was top scorer for the reserves with 16 goals in 15 games.

He returned to Perth, where his family is based at over the last decade, after the 2015 SEA Games to complete his automotive diploma and not much has been heard from him since.

Pravin Guanasagaran (12)

Shahril Ishak

Baihakki's move to Persib Bandung in 2010 inspired NFA batch mate Shahril to follow suit, with the latter crossing over from Home United.

He scored nine goals in 29 appearances, but was released after just six months.

The skilful playmaker linked up with Baihakki again for a season at the Medan Chiefs in 2011 — scoring five goals in 18 appearances — before joining LionsXII at the end of that year.

After leading the LionsXII to the 2013 Malaysia Super League (MSL) title, he secured a move to Malaysia Premier League (MPL) side JDT II, where he scored 23 goals in 75 appearances between 2014 and 2016.

The 33-year-old is now back in the S.League with Warriors FC and scoring one-third (11) of the team’s goals in the recently concluded season.


Photo: JDT

Ridhuan Muhammad

Another one of those from the pioneer NFA batch that made it to Indonesia in late 2009, Ridhuan moved to Arema Malang along with national teammate Noh Alam Shah.

He then spent a total of four years in Indonesia, three and a half which was spent with Arema and half a season at Putra Samarinda on loan.

The electric winger established himself as a key player in their 2009/10 title-winning campaign and was a fans’ favourite, partly due to his good looks as he was often referred as "R6". 

Ridhuan - who previously played in the S.League from 2003 to 2009 - eventually returned to Singapore in 2014 to join Geylang. He is now into his second season with Warriors FC. 

Photo: We Are Mania