S.League’s 2017 March Dream XI
Goalkeeper: Hassan Sunny (Home United)
When Hassan left for Thailand two years ago, he was the reigning S.League Player of the Year.
After his performance in March, it would surprise nobody if the goalkeeper managed to snag the prize again upon his return to Singapore.
The custodian did his job in a 6-1 demolition of the Young Lions, being a calm and composed figure at the back.
In the following game, Hassan was forced into action repeatedly as Brunei DPMM peppered his goals with numerous attempts. The Singapore No.1 proved he would be a valuable asset for the Protectors this season, as he made saves after saves to give his team a 3-1 win.
Defender: Ho Wai Loon (Warriors FC)
After being injury-plagued for the last two season, Ho is finally fit and ready to play again.
He has been immense at the back for Warriors FC, putting in strong tackles when needed. His tactical awareness has also improved, as opposed to the past, when he would be caught out of position in swift counter-attacks.
Ho’s improvement has not gone unnoticed, with him earning his first-ever call-up to the national team in March, as a standby after Hafiz Sujad and Shahril Ishak picked up knocks.
Defender: Al-Qaasimy Rahman (Geylang International)
In danger of fading away from the limelight, Al-Qaasimy has started the season strongly.
The uncompromising defender is still a hard tackler but he is learning to do so smartly and not give away as many fouls he would used to.
He also managed to hit a personal landmark in his career in Geylang’s first game of the season, with a first-ever professional goal in the 2-0 win over Balestier Khalsa.
Defender: Takuya Akiyama (Albirex Niigata S)
There were doubts whether Albirex would be the same tough outfit to break through after the departure of several key defenders, but new arrival Akiyama is helping to dispel such concerns.
The 1.84m defender helped Albirex keep Tampines Rovers at bay in the 2-1 Community Shield win and went on to play a part in two clean sheets against Young Lions and Brunei DPMM.