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WRONG FOR ORGANISERS BANK ON MESSI THEN SAY HE'S NOT COMING

A football fan felt cheated that Messi will not be playing in tonight's match despite repeated assurance that he will turn up. He blamed the organisers for not having integrity and by making use of Messi's star-draw to make money. "Promoting the match using his undisputed star-draw, then belatedly and limply attributing his absence to "personal reasons", without even a cursory attempt at an explanation, displays an alarming lack of integrity and competence, and a blatant disrespect for football fans on the part of the organisers. It has been widely reported that Messi was preparing for his wedding at the end of this month. Surely a responsible organiser would have scrupulously confirmed if he would be part of the game."

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V SUNDRAMOORTHY APPOINTED NATIONAL FOOTBALL COACH BUT WHY CARETAKER ONLY?

So, the open secret is finally confirmed. No we are not talking about Jose Mourinho's Manchester United appointment. But coincidence or not, at roughly the same time the Special One was unveiled, the Football Association of Singapore announced at Jalan Besar yesterday that V Sundramoorthy has officially taken over as national football coach.

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TITLE CONTENDER, TAMPINES ROVERS HELD BY 10 MEN CHEETAHS, HOUGANG UNITED

Tall and lanky, he bears a passing resemblance to Juventus dynamo Paul Pogba.

Sure, he is nowhere near the 23-year-old French international who has already played in a Champions League final, but Hougang United forward Iqbal Hussain is definitely an exciting prospect for Singapore football as his team continue to confound skeptics by continuing their fairytale run.

Last night at the Hougang Stadium, the 22-year-old came on as a 66th-minute substitute for Nur Na'iim Ishak and took just four minutes to score a brilliant solo goal to salvage a point for the 10-man Cheetahs against title favourites Tampines Rovers and preserve both their five-match unbeaten home record and their place in the S.League's top three.

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GROWING UP PLAYING SOCCER AS A CHINESE BOY IN SINGAPORE

I was playing void deck soccer with my neighbors. I was a very good soccer player then. representing school on several occasion. we lay slippers as goal post markings, oh-pay-som to choose team sides. Among us, there were 2 Chinese including me, 5 malay neighbours and 1 indian neighbor. On tt very occasion, just before we started to kick, 1 of them casual remark that "ehh u both Chinese, u both play keeper !" .... without delay, the remaining non Chinese neighbors started adding fuel by agreeing with tt guy.

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S'PORE SPORTS FOREIGN TALENT SCHEME IS ON BRINK OF FAILURE

The MSM are not reporting it. PAP is not admitting it. But most Singaporeans who are in sports know that Singapore sports are in deep trouble. Singapore Soccer which tried to use foreigners are in the doldrums. Will Singapore's Foreign talent programme fall flat and into dismay just like what happen to Singapore Sports? Will PAP finally wise up and admit that Singapore's future is best in Singaporeans' hands.

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JAPAN STRIKER PRAISES SINGAPORE'S FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE

In an interview with the media, Japanese striker Keisuke Honda described his disappointment with the result of Japan's match against Singapore, but gracefully heaped praises on the Singapore side. "The result was what it was, so there’s nothing we can do about it,” said Honda, who hit the crossbar from a free kick midway through the second half. “If anything, I think they took it easy on us."

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