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Woodlands’ 2007 League Cup winners: Where Are They Now?

Ten years ago, Woodlands Wellington won the inaugural edition of the League Cup by thrashing Sengkang Punggol (now Hougang United) 4-0 in front of 4,071 fans at the Jalan Besar Stadium. FFT traces the whereabouts of that Rams side which clinched the first and only major trophy in the club’s history…

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Yazid Yasin

In goal for the Rams was the 1.69m custodian, who never allowed a lack of height to hinder his football career as he lasted 20 years in the top flight.

Yazid left Woodlands for Geylang United (now Geylang International) in 2009 and produced a man-of-the-match performance – which included saving a penalty – against Bangkok Glass to win the Eagles the Singapore Cup that year.

The 1999 S.League Young Player of the Year won plaudits in 2012 for reporting a match-fixing attempt to the authorities after being offered S$6,000 to throw a league game by two former South Korean teammates at Geylang.

Yazid re-joined the Rams in 2013 to play for two seasons and later became the player with the most appearances for the club.

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He then returned to play for Geylang in 2015, before joining Warriors FC the following year which turned out to be his final season in the S.League.

The 38-year-old is playing amateur football these days and recently won the National Football League (NFL) Division Two title with Gymkhana FC. He had a brief spell as goalkeeper coach of the National Football Academy (NFA) Under-15s earlier this year, but left after just a few months in the post. 

Jerry Bartholomeusz

At right back was the man nicknamed “Smiling Tiger”, whose take-no-prisoners playing style made life difficult for opponents.

Bartholomeusz, who had played for Geylang and SAFFC (now Warriors FC), joined the Rams in 2006 and succeeded the team captaincy in 2008 before ending his three-year spell with the club.

Bartholomeusz is currently coaching with the Cosmo United Football Academy

He then went to Sengkang the following year in 2009 before retiring from professional football at the age of 36.

The 43-year-old has been coaching with the Cosmo United Football Academy since hanging up his boots…

Bah Mamadou

At the heart of defence was this Mali-born Singaporean, whose superb physique and excellent reading of the game made him one of the best-ever defenders in the S.League.

His excellent marshalling of the Rams backline that year meant they did not concede a single goal en route to lifting the trophy. 

Mamadou then moved on to Gombak in 2008 and became the first player to win the League Cup in two consecutive years with different clubs.

He then left for Warriors in 2011 and won the Singapore Cup the following year under Richard Bok, before returning to Woodlands in 2014 to play out his final S.League season.

Photo: S.League

The 38-year-old, who earned one cap for the Lions, is now managing director and founder of Singapore-based Football First Academy.

A little trivia – his son Bill Abuza Mamadou has followed in his father's footsteps and has been promoted to the Home United Prime League squad in 2018.

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