Singapore Premier League • April 5, 2014

Razip Hits The Panic Button


Written by: Kenneth Ho

After suffering their sixth consecutive loss in the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League 2014 season following a 3-0 defeat by Geylang International, Harimau Muda coach stressed that his side needed to gain a point soon.

The Young Tigers coach Razip Ismail initially expressed his disappointment with the loss, but added that his players were still finding their feet in the league.

“I know, not to say worried because this year we put up majority all new players so they still need to experience in this high level competition, they have to adapt to this situation,“ Razip said.

“There are still a lot more games to go, I hope we can change things around. I know there are a lot strong teams around because this year they strengthened their team, but we have to keep working very hard.“

However, the Malaysian believed the sooner his team secured a result, the better it was for his team’s morale.

“Right now we need a draw, a win is a bonus for us, “ he declared.

“In this type of games, we need confidence, if you get one point of three, you get more confidence. This is what we lack now, because every game we lose it will affect the morale of the team and players.

“I hope I can raise up their games, their confidence and I hope we can get our first points in the next game.“

Geylang coach Jorg Steinbrunner was not only happy with the emphatic win over Harimau, but also the performance that went with it.

“I am happy with the clean sheet and I am happy the way we actually won the game because from the start we made our intention to come here not to sit back and wait for things to happen, we came here with the intention to score goals,“ Steinbrunner said.

Geylang have seen an upturn in its fortune since the German took over as the club’s head coach, with the Eagles collecting two wins and a draw from three games.

However, he was quick to deflect all attention to his squad.

“I have contributed very less,“ Steinbrunner insisted.  “The boys contributed most of it. They are the ones who train every day, they are the ones who step over the line

“I think it is also very important to see the boys enjoying their football even more now. They work for each other.“