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Tampines' 2002 Singapore Cup winners: Where Are They Now?

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George Goutzioulis

Joining midway through the season, this Australian attacker will forever be remembered as the man who scored the goal to help Tampines to win their first major trophy – an instinctive header past Bashir Khan into the roof of the net with just three minutes left on the clock.

Goutzioulis is now a motocross enthusiast, who does consulting in transportation for a living in Melbourne.

Goutzoulis then scored 17 goals for the Stags in 2003, before returning home to join Sydney Olympic the following year.

He went on to play for various clubs like Oakleigh Cannons, Heidelberg United, Richmond SC and Bentleign Green before retiring in 2010.

The 40-year-old is now a motocross enthusiast, who does consulting in transportation for a living in Melbourne.

Ismail Fitrey

Partnering Goutzioulis upfront was this talented Singapore forward, who had uncanny predatory instincts but never lived up to his early promise.

Joining from Sembawang Rangers after the 2001 season, the then 24-year-old had a spectacular debut year with the Stags as he was the club’s top scorer in the S.League with 23 goals.

Ismail, however, saw limited game time for the next two seasons due to the arrivals of Noh Alam Shah and Mirko Grabovac, before retiring at the end of 2004 at just 26 due to medical reasons.

He is now working at Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), also known as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore – having joined in the late 2000s.

Yunos Samad

Coming on a 56th-minute sub for Tan was this industrious right wingback, who could be trusted to do a dependable job in defence.

Yunos played for the Stags till the 2003 season before retiring a year later. The 39-year-old is now working alongside Satria and Sharifuddin as manager of Komoco’s car rental division, having joined the company in 2005.

Farizal Basri

Replacing Ismail for the final 20 minutes was this promising 21-year-old wingback, who possessed good technical ability.

Farizal would gradually play a more attacking role as the years went on and became something of a journeyman in his 10 over years in the S.League.

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The utility man returned to Tampines in 2005 after a year with the Young Lions, before going to play for clubs like SAFFC, Geylang, Balestier, Sengkang Punggol and Home United. He then played for Woodlands between 2012 and 2013 before hanging up his boots.

Now a senior front desk executive at Hotel 81, the 36-year-old has also adopted cycling as his hobby as he actively participates in races both locally and overseas.

Chow Kwai Lam

With Tampines never finishing higher than sixth place in the first six S.League seasons, Chow’s arrival revitalised the club as he guided them to the Singapore Cup on his first try to go with two successive fourth-placed finishes in 2002 and 2003.

Chow Kwai Lam has disappeared into oblivion since

However, his reputation was tainted after leaving for Paya Lebar Punggol the following year as he was found guilty of match-fixing in the 2005 season for dangling a sum between S$200 to S$300 for his goalkeeper Zulkifli Zainolabidin to let in two or three goals in a particular game.

He was fined S$50,000 and never took up any coaching role since then. The 76-year-old has disappeared into oblivion since, although he did speak to Malay daily The Star three years ago.

Main Photo: Iskandar Latiff/Tampines Rovers