Tampines lose import Clark in freak accident, sign Madhu Mohana

In a cruel twist of fate, English forward Louis Clark will not be making his S.League bow with Tampines Rovers in the 2017 season, following a freak accident back home. 

The Kaya FC striker was announced as the Stags’ first major foreign signing for next season and was due to fly in for pre-season training before the end of the year.

That plan has now taken an abrupt turn after the 26-year-old suffered multiple bone spurs and a severe cartilage tear in his ankle after running into a pothole while jogging back home in England, according to The Straits Times.

Tampines are understood to be looking for a replacement and have yet to make a foreign signing, although former Hougang United striker Liam Shotton is training with the club.

While the attacking department faces uncertainty, Tampines head coach Akbar Nawas has bolstered his defence with the addition of Singapore international centre-back Madhu Mohana.

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Madhu will join the likes of new recruits Hafiz Rahim, Fazli Ayob and Jamil Ali in the yellow of Tampines, and the trio of Farhan Rahmat, Imran Sahib and Firman Hanif are said to be on the books too.

Nawas will need to get his team up to speed with the AFC Champions League qualifier against Philippines’ Global FC looming close on January 24.

The Stags will have to do without left-back Hafiz Abu Sujad, who is in Thailand for trials with Premier League of Thailand clubs Sisaket FC and Big Bang Chula United.

Without star names like former Arsenal winger Jermaine Pennant, Billy Mehmet, Jordan Webb, Izzdin shafiq, Afiq Yunos, Sufian Anuar and Fabian Kwok, Tampines will rely on experience from their veterans next year.

Club captain Fahrudin Mustafic will be the cornerstone together with Noh Rahman, Ismadi Mukhtar, Yasir Hanapi and Fazrul Nawaz.

Main Photo: Kaya