S.League Transfer Round-Up: Warriors’ waiting on approval, Young Lions pounce on Ikhsan Fandi
A relatively young squad has been named for the 2017 season, with several of the nation’s most promising youngsters pulled into the under-22 side.
Home’s Ikhsan Fandi was listed as one of the new signings, although sources have informed FourFourTwo that his release is still subjected to his Army unit’s discretion, as the youngster is still serving his National Service.
Promising defenders R.Aaravin and Saberin Shahrin have been recruited too, with the latter named captain of the side.
In: Hafiz Sulaiman (Warriors FC), Hairul Syirhan Mardan (Geylang International), Fashah Iskandar (Tampines Rovers), Adib Nur Hakim (Free), Ehvin Sasidharan (Free), Shahrin Saberin (Home United), Yeo Hai Ngee (Home United), Armin Maier (Free), Haiqal Pashia (Free), Amirul Hakim (Free), , R.Aaravin (Home United), Jordan Chan (Free), Ikhsan Fandi (Home United)
Out: Firdaus Kasman (Warriors FC), Khairul Amri (Tampines Rovers), Christopher Van Huizen (Home United), Fareez Farhan (Hougang United), Adam Swandi (Young Lions), Tajeli Salamat (Balestier Khalsa), Ashrul Syafeeq (Balestier Khalsa) Jonathan Tan (Balestier Khalsa), Gareth Low (Released), Zulfadhmi Suzliman (Released), Hazim Faiz (Released), Justin Hui (Released), Marcus Wheeler (Released), Shannon Stephen (Released)
Retained: Amirul Adli, Dhukilan Jeevamani, Shafeeq Faruk, Zharfan Rohaizad, Illyas Lee, Faizal Roslan, Rusyaidi Salime, Taufiq Muqminin, Ammirul Emmran, Joshua Pereira, Taufik Suparno, Hami Syahin, Muhaimin Suhaimi, Muhelmy Suhaimi, Shameer Aziq, Syahrul Sazali, Ryan Syaffiq, Zulqarnaen Suzliman
Tampines should be done with all transfers at this stage, after beginning their season a month earlier than most clubs due to AFC Champions League commitments.
They have one of the biggest squads around but there are far less illustrious names than the season before.
In: Khairul Amri (Young Lions), Madhu Mohana (Warriors FC), Imran Sahib (Free), Farhan Rahmat (Free), Fazli Ayob (Balestier Khalsa), Jamil Ali (Balestier Khalsa), Daniel Bennett (Geylang International), Ivan Dzoni (FK Dukla Banska Bystrica), Ryutaro Megumi (Aoyama Gakuin University), Son Yong Chan (Ceres), Sahil Suhaimi (Geylang International), Raspreet Sandhu (Sonoma State University), Hafiz Rahim (Warriors FC)
Out: Jermaine Pennant (Bury), Billy Mehmet (Brunei DPMM), Jordan Webb (Warriors FC), Fabian Kwok (Hougang United), Christopher Van Huizen (Home United), Afiq Yunos (Home United), Izzdin Shafiq (Home United), Hafiz Sujad (BBCU), Fashah Iskandar (Young Lions), Noh Rahman (Retired), Saifullah Akbar (SAFSA)
Retained: Izwan Mahbud, Shahdan Sulaiman, Joey Sim, Jufri Taha, Yasir Hanapi, Fahrudin Mustafic, Ismadi Mukthar, Fazrul Nawaz, Irwan Shah, Shakir Hamzah
Warriors appear to have finally filled their foreign quota after Joel Tshibamba’s name appeared on the teamsheet in the game against Balestier Khalsa.
The Dutch-Congolese did not make the bench but this was presumably because he has not been registered with the league nor pass the mandatory 2.4km test run yet.
Tshibamba once played in Poland with Lech Poznan and found the back of the net against Manchester City in 2010.
But his career has been less than inspirational since, with disciplinary issues seemingly following him whichever club he went. In fact, Tshibamba received a red card within two minutes of his debut for his last club, FC Koper in Slovenia.
In: Ho Wai Loon (Balestier Khalsa), Fadhil Noh (Balestier Khalsa), Jordan Webb (Tampines Rovers), Firdaus Kasman (Young Lions), Baihakki Khaizan (JDT II), Shahril Ishak (JDT II), Hyrulnizam Juma’at (Home United), Ang Zhi Wei (Home United), Zulfadhli Emran (Free)
Out: Jonathan Behe (Sabah), Madhu Mohana (Tampines Rovers), Yazid Yasin (Released), Ismail Yunos (Released), Hafiz Rahim (Tampines Rovers), Jeremy Chiang (Released), Andy Ahmad (Released), Ignatius Ang (SAFSA), Nikola Rak (Released), Marijan Suto (Home United)
Retained: Kento Fukuda, Hafiz Osman, Poh Yi Feng, Shaiful Esah, Fazli Jaffar, Emmeric Ong, Syaqir Sulaiman, Basil Chan, Zulfadli Zainal, Ridhuan Muhamad, Emmeric Ong, Fazli Jaffar, Zainol Gulam, Hafiz Nor