Tampines secure Amri for the next two S.League seasons
It is a welcome move for the Stags, who lost their formidable attacking trio of Jermaine Pennant, Billy Mehmet and Jordan Webb, plus a raft of other key players like Izzdin Shafiq, Afiq Yunos and Fabian Kwok, in the off-season.
Amri will be enjoying his third stint in a Tampines uniform, having also represented the Stags in 2008-09 and again in 2013.
The signing was confirmed by Tampines Rovers’ team manager Desmund Khusnin, with the veteran spearhead to offer some much-needed experience to the club’s attacking options.
Amri, scorer of Singapore’s solitary goal – a beautiful volley against Indonesia – in the recently concluded AFF Suzuki Cup campaign, turned out for the Garena Young Lions in 2016.
But with the Young Lions fielding an exclusively under-22 team in the S.League to prepare for the SEA Games this coming August, the 31-year-old hotshot’s signature was up for grabs.
Cash-rich Hougang United were rumoured to be interested, but the Stags have edged them out.
Amri’s last stint with the Stags culminated in the S.League title back in 2013 before he had stints with LionsXII and the Young Lions.
His first assignment will be in the AFC Champions League first qualifying round against Global FC of the Philippines on January 24.
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