News • April 15, 2016

Protectors And Eagles Looking To Bounce Back


Geylang International vs Home United
(Friday, 15 April, 7.45pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)

Geylang International will be the designated host as they welcome Home United at Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday.

Both teams have a lot in common coming into this game – they currently share the same eight points and have lost their previous game by three goals – although it was the Eagles’ first loss this season after a series of stalemates.

Having already lost three games since the season started two months ago, the Protectors continue to have faith in their style of play and they believe that their system will work someday as the season is still a long way to go.

Home will need to work on their finishing when they play Geylang on Friday as Ken Ilso and Khairul Nizam will have to step up their game with  Faris Ramli is still not available due to a groin injury, while Irfan and Ikhsan Fandi are away for National Service.

However, Abdil Qaiyyim who missed the game last week because of illness, could be back.

Home will need to win this game to keep their motivation up before taking on high spirited league leaders Hougang United at the end of the month.

As of Wednesday, defender Yuki Ichikawa, Branko Cubrilo and Carlos Delgado are still doubtful for the Eagles as they are all still nursing injuries. Ichikawa who had a groin injury however, has started to train and the Eagles will ponder on the risk of playing the Japanese.

It would be crucial for Geylang to have the Japanese back in the team as it proved that they missed his presence in the 3-1 loss against Hougang United last week.

Geylang coach Hasrin Jailani believes that his team are ready to fight and bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Hougang the last time out.

“I think our situation with Home United is the same,” said Hasrin.

“In football, when you lose a game you will want to come back because no team wants to lose twice in a row and that can spur the players to play their best game.

“We had a good post-mortem after losing to Hougang and I can see that the boys have a positive attitude and they are ready for the game against Protectors.”

As both teams look to bounce back, the game promises an exciting treat for the fans.

Key Men To Watch

Home United: Ken Ilso


Home’s previous opponents this season know that the Dane can be a great threat and he will punish Geylang if he’s in his best form.

With the support from Nizam and Aqhari Abdullah, he can start scoring again to get the Protectors back on track.

Geylang International: Sahil Suhaimi

Despite the lack of goals from Sahil, there were moments against the Cheetahs that he caused problems to the their defence and his desire can be seen in recent games.

Hasrin has faith in his young strikers and that will motivate them to score the necessary goals.

Home United – DLWWL

08/04/16  Home United 0-3 Albirex Niigata (S) (S.League)
03/04/16  Balestier Khalsa 0-1 Home United (S.League)
13/03/16  Home United 4-1 Garena Young Lions (S.League)
11/03/16  Brunei DPMM 2-1 Home United (S.League)
03/03/16  Home United 1-1 Tampines Rovers (S.League)

Geylang International – WDDDL

07/04/16 Hougang United 3-1 Geylang International
01/04/16 Geylang International 2-2 Warriros FC
10/03/16 Geylang International 0-0 Albirex Niigata (S)
03/03/16 Geylang International 0-0 Balestier Khalsa
25/02/16 Garena Young Lions 0-2 Geylang International

Head to Head (S.League)

30/10/15 Geylang International 2-1 Home United
08/05/15 Home United 0-1 Geylang International
03/03/15 Geylang International 1-1 Home United
22/05/14 Geylang International 1-4 Home United
01/03/14 Home United 4-1 Geylang International