Weaver ‘not surprised’ at Velez and Pejic call-up

Warriors FC coach Alex Weaver believes the duo can add value to Bernd Stange’s Singapore Selection side for the big game against Juventus.

The 21-strong Singapore Selection squad, due to face off against Juventus on 16th August, was released on Thursday evening.

Three foreign players, Warriors FC’s pair of Nicolas Velez and Miroslav Pejic, as well as Home United’s Sirina Camara, were included to complement the locals.

While Camara’s inclusion had been on the cards for some time, the additions of Velez and Pejic were not expected – given their short time playing in the S.League so far.

However Weaver was by no means taken aback by their shock inclusions. 

“I’m not surprised really,” he told FourFourTwo at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday night after his Warriors FC side fell to a 3-1 defeat to Albirex Niigata (Singapore).

“I don’t mean to sound absolutely boastful, but I see these guys on a regular basis, day in day out.

“Both of they are extremely good players; technically, mentally and physically very sharp and clever players.

“That shows you the style of play which Bernd Stange is looking to create for Singapore.”

The duo have been instrumental in reviving the Warriors’ fortunes this season, combining well in attack, as well as being responsible for 24 of their 36 league goals.

Weaver believes they are good role models for young aspiring local footballers to follow.

“If you look at the likes of Sahil, the no. 7 for Young Lions, he’s very sharp and lively,” he said.

“I think Bernd has good plans for him. Pejic and Nico fits into that mould very well and it’s a good opportunity for them to come in and set a good example for young players coming through for Singapore.”

Weaver himself will also be involved in this big game as he has been recruited to join the coaching team which consists of Stange, LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad and Under-23 coach Aide Iskandar.

The Englishman is ‘honoured’ to be given this opportunity as he credited his players for carrying out his coaching philosophy on the pitch.

“It’s an excellent reflection on the players which we have at the club,” said the 37-year-old.

“It’s strange for an English guy coming in with all these sorts of ideas, but they are the ones who implement and execute them.

“They done have extremely well all season and we’ll be successful.”

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