News Singapore Premier League • February 27, 2020
SPL 2020 Club Guide: Geylang International
27 FEBRUARY 2020 – Ahead of the 2020 AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) season, we take a look at each of the nine clubs that are participating in the 25th season of the domestic top flight. Today’s focus is on Geylang International!
Nickname: The Eagles
Stadium: Our Tampines Hub
Highest finish: 1st (1996, 2001)
2019 finish: 5th
Chairman: Thomas Gay
Head coach: Mohd Noor Ali
Captain: Yuki Ichikawa
Foreigners: Yuki Ichikawa (Japan), Barry Maguire (Netherlands), Panagiotis Linardos (Greece), Kamolidin Tashiev* (Kyrgyz Republic)
Finishing as the third-best local side last season should give Geylang the impetus to go one better this year and push for continental qualification. Noor Ali’s charges played some slick football in 2019 and in Christopher van Huizen, had one of the league’s best wingers. Young hotshot Zikos Chua showed signs of adapting to life in the top flight before injury curtailed his year prematurely and the 17-year-old striker will be looking to continue where he left off when he returns. Barry Maguire will helm the midfield for a second season alongside new Greek import Panagiotis Linardos. A leaky defence that saw the Eagles concede the third-most goals is a key Achilles heel to be fixed, but the additions of Khairul Nizam and Iqbal Hussain will spice up the attack.
Squad (as at time of publication)
Goalkeepers: Hairul Syirhan, Zainol Gulam
Defenders: Shahrin Saberin, Nurullah Hussein, Kamolidin Tashiev, Darren Teh, Harith Kanadi^, Yuki Ichikawa
Midfielders: Nur Luqman Rahman^, Amy Recha, Barry Maguire, Umar Akhbar, Firdaus Kasman, Azri Suhaili^, Muhd Noor Ariff^, Joshua Pereira^, Christopher van Huizen, Panagiotis Linardos
Forwards: Khairul Nizam, Zikos Chua^, Fareez Farhan, Iqbal Hussain
*Local SPL clubs are allowed to sign up to four foreign players; one must be below 21 years of age if a club chooses to sign four. For Geylang, Tashiev is Under-21
^Local SPL clubs are required to have a minimum of six local U-23 players for a squad size of 19 to 25 players; this increases to seven (squad size 26), eight (27) and nine (28).