White Swans Hit 2 past Cheetahs – HGFC 0 vs 2 ANFC


The Cheetahs faced off with 2015 RHB Singapore Cup Champion Albirex Niigata (S) in their final pre-season warm up match over at Hougang stadium on 6th February 2016.

Fairoz Hasan and Nur Na’iim were named in the starting line-up for the 1st time as Fumiya Kogure sat out of the match against his former team with an ankle injury.

The White Swans were the first to threaten as Khairulhin had to dive full stretched to his right to turned the ball away for a corner after Kento Nagasaki had found space and took a shot at goal.

Tackles were going in fast and hard as the Cheetahs breaks down the passing and movements style of this young Albirex team.

Both team were evenly matched till the 30th minutes of play when Delwinder Singh was judged to have handled the ball inside the penalty box. Referee Taqi who was standing nearby seemed to have allowed play to go on as Delwinder cleared the ball away but lineman raised up his flag for an infringement and a penalty weas awarded. Atsushi Kawata made no mistake from the spot despite Khairulhin guessing the right way.

The 2nd half saw the same high intensity displayed by the 2 teams despite a new set of players coming in as they looked to claim a starting spot in the team with less than 2 weeks to go before the league start.

Albirex extended their lead when an uncharacteristic mistake by centre-back Anumanthan allowed the White Swans to launched a quick counter and Kento Nagasaki calmly lobbed the ball over onrushing Fawwaz into goal.

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Photographs courtesy of Heinkel Heinz


The Management, staff and players of Hougang United Football Club wishes all our Chinese friend

A year of Health & Happiness;
A year of Wealth & Wisdom;
A year of Peace & Prosperity;
A year of Glee & Glow;
And also a year of Love & Laughter…

新年快乐! 万事如意! 吉祥如意!!!

Delwinder Denied Garena Young Lions with Towering Performance – HGFC 4 vs 2 Garena Young Lions

With the biggest sponsorship deal for an S.League club in the 21-year history of the domestic professional football competition announcement made with E-gaming and e-commerce company Garena unveiled hours before the friendly match, the Cheetahs put up a good performance in the night to bring the young lions team down to earth.

Newly-named Garena Young Lions showed lots of determination in the early part of the game, closing down the Cheetahs in every part of the pitch and forcing misplaced and hurried passes from the Cheetahs much experience players.

With newly installed head coach Patrick Hesse on the stands with National team coaches Bernd Stange and Fandi Ahmad, the Young Lions were a discipline unit in the 1st half, absorbing the attacks from Hougang before launching into their quick passing movement once they gained possession of the ball.

Hougang United created the 1st intention of the match when a free-kick was awarded outside the penalty box on the left and up stepped Fumiya Kogure. He curled the ball expertly over the wall and with the goalkeeper beaten by the swerve of the new Mitre ball, the ball crashed onto the upright and bounced back into play, much to the relief of the Young Lions bench.

Against the run of play, Garena Young Lions took the lead right on the stroke of half-time when a free-kick was awarded this time round to their favor. Cheetahs old-boy Fareez Farhan struck the ball hard and towards the wall and it took a heavy deflection and passed a wrong footed Ridhuan Barudin into goal.

Coach Bala reshuffled his formation and line up for the 2nd half and the Cheetahs came out a much different side. Right from the restart, they showed their intend to get back into the game.

There was no agony this time round when another free-kick was awarded to the men in orange on the right side of the field. Fumiya again curled the ball over the 5 men wall and passed the fully stretched arms of the goalkeeper and into the side netting for his 1st ever goal for Hougang United FC.

Buoyed by the equalizing goal, Hougang United went on the offensive after stabilizing the back-line with Delwinder Singh and Yusiskandar Yusof coming on in the 2nd half. From another set-piece, a short corner was played to Fumiya who beat his marker easily and sent in a cross to Kaplan who was arriving at the far post. An unmarked Kaplan headed the ball back across goal to Delwinder who half volleyed the ball into the net to the delirious of the supporters in the stands.

But the Young Lions side managed to scored their equalizing goal within minutes when a through ball sent Fareez through and he made no mistake slotting the ball past the despairing dive of Fawwaz Anuar who came on to replaced Ridhuan in the 2nd half.

The crowd were yearning for more goals in an attacking match between this 2 sides and they were not to be disappointed when from yet another set-piece from the Cheetahs. Khairulnizam swing in a deep cross and Delwinder out jumped his marker and thumped his header off a slight deflection into the goal.

The Cheetahs put the match beyond the Young Lions deep into stoppage time after Nur Na’iim showed good feet to beat his marker before dribbling into the box and squaring to an unmarked Nurhilmi who had the simplest task to placed the ball into goal.

A well-deserved win for the Cheetahs as they gear up for their final pre-season match against the reigning RHB Singapore Cup Champion Albirex Niigata (S) on 6th of February (Saturday), 7.00pm at Hougang Stadium.

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Photographs courtesy of Christina Seah-Rodrigues & Heinkel Heinz

Cheetahs Looks Positive Despite Narrow Defeat to Warriors FC


The Cheetahs faced off with Warriors FC in a pre-season friendly match at Hougang Stadium on 29 Jan 2016. The match was full of end to end actions and keenly watched by National team coach Bernd Stange and his assistant Fandi Ahmad.

In the starting line-up was trial players Stipe Plazibat and Yusiskandar Yusop. Croatian Stipe, who spent the last 3 years plying his trade in the J2 with FC Gifu and V-Varen Nagasaki shone brightly with 2 goals to his name. Facing the twin-towers of ex-Lions 12 and National defender Madhu Mohana and Kento Fukuda, Stipe did well to evade their attention and scored HGFC 1st goal via a corner- kick that was not cleared from the goal-mouth and Stipe was on hand to thumped the loose ball into the goal with his left foot. HGFC_WFC-8163

In the 2nd half, Stipe added his 2nd after a quick counter attack down the left flank, Nur Ridho slipped a square pass to him and he calmly slotted the ball through the legs of Fadhil Salim.

Former Balestier Khalsa defender Yusiskandar also played his 2nd friendly match for the Cheetahs and he showed his presence in the back-line partnering the Hools favorite Wahyudi Wahid. On 2 occasions, Yusiskandar showed his vision with 2 through ball over the Warriors defence and set Nazrul Nazaru the space to chase down the ball and sent in tantalizing crosses into the box and 1 of it was nearly turned into goal but was spectacularly cleared away by the last ditched sliding leg of Madhu before it reaches Jozef Kaplan. 12633547_10153835623189827_4560557123240082777_o

Yusiskandar was guilty for giving away a soft penalty to Warriors FC in the 2nd half after he appeared to pushed Ignatius Ang from the back. Warriors FC capitalized on the gift and the retaken penalty kick was converted by Nikola Rak.

Although the match ended 3-2 in favor of the Warriors, Coach Bala took the positive side that the boys had improved on the tactical knowledge of the team play and was pleased with the performance of the players.

The Cheetahs have another 2 friendly matches lined up against Young Lions and Albirex Niigata (S) on 2nd Feb, 7.30pm and 6th Feb, 7.00pm respectively at Hougang stadium.

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Cheetahs Eased past Tiong Bahru FC in Friendly Match

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The Cheetahs faced off with Tiong Bahru FC last night in a friendly match at Hougang Stadium with a comfortable 3-1 win against the 2015 NFL Div 1 Runners-Up.

Coach Bala gave players like Nur Na’iim, Ridho Jafri, goalkeeper Fawwaz Anuar and Stipe Plazibat who is on trial with the club, their first start and they did not disappoint their head coach with good performances.

Stipe put the Cheetahs ahead after 25 minutes after a free-kick was awarded on the right flank. Hudzaifah Aziz sent in a teasing cross into the box which was met by the charging Croatian who place his header into goal before the defenders could react to it.

Ridho Jafri was extremely lively as an attacking midfielder; linking up well with the Stipe Plazibat. He capped off his fine performance with a well taken goal after Stipe have lay off a low cross from the left to him who made no mistake curling the ball into the far post beyond the goalkeeper reach.

The 2 quick fire goals put out the enthusiasm of the young Tiong Bahru side comprising of ex S.League players like Goh Swee Swee, Matthew Abraham and Kenneth Chang.

Hudzaifah got himself on the score-sheet after a lofted ball from Yusiskandar over the defence to Nazrul, who cleverly stopped his run as he was in an offside position. Seeing the defenders all stopping in their tracks and waiting for the referee whistle, Stipe who was in an onside position, continue his run and pick up the loose ball. Facing the goalkeeper in a 1 on 1 situation, he unselfishly squared the ball to an unmarked Hudzaifah to tapped into an empty goal.

A series of changes 15 minutes into the 2nd half saw Fumiya, Kaplan, Wahyudi and co took to the field and although the Cheetahs failed to find the back of the net, it was interesting to note on the understanding between Fumiya, Kaplan and Stipe.

The next friendly match against Warriors FC on Friday should provide a sterner test for the Cheetahs as they goes into final prep for the 2016 Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League season.

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Cheetahs Embarks on Pre-Season Trip


Hougang United FC embarked on their pre-season to Ayutthaya, Thailand on 17 Jan 2016.

Friendly matches against Thai Premier League Suphanburi FC on 18 Jan and Air Force Central FC on 20 Jan have been arranged as Head Coach K.Balagumaran hope to finalize his last jigzaw puzzle to fill up the 3rd foreign player slot.

Coach Bala also intend to use this trip as a bonding trip for the players as they seek to put in a credible performance in 2016.

Right after touch down at Suvarnabhumi Airport and an hour bus ride to Rachakram Sports Club in Ayutthaya, Coach Bala put the boys through their first training session at the newly constructed training centre in preparation against Thai Premier League 2nd runners-up Suphanburi FC the following day.

Pre-Season Friendly: HGFC 0 – 2 TRFC

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Hougang United FC played it’s first friendly match for the 2016 season against hot-favourite Tampines Rovers FC at the Jalan Besar stadium on 9 January 2016.

The match also featured star-signing Jermaine Pennant, the much-traveled footballer from England.

Hougang United FC started the match with Jozef Kaplan, their new signing from Geylang International FC taking the captain armband. He was supported by 2015 S.League Player of the Year, Fumiya Kogure who was snapped up by the club to improve the team performance from a dismay 2015 season.

In goal, former Lions XII goalkeeper Khairulhin Khalid made his first start along with Nazrul Nazari, Raihan Rahman and Wahyudi Wahid who returned to the club before he was drafted into the Lions XII set-up.

Singapore International Anumanthan and Iqbal Hussain toegther with Ali Hudzaifi of Courts Young Lions players who made the switch to Hougang United FC completed the local players in the starting line up.

Pennant, finally made his appearance in the second half and assisted in the build up to the second goal, acrobatically converted by Shakir Hamzah.

Final scoreline of 2-0 to the favors of Tampines Rovers FC.

* Photo Courtesy of Christina Seah Rodiguez

Pre-Season Preparations

With the 2016 Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League season expecting to kick-off mid-February, the boys underwent a series of fitness tests to prepare for the start of the season.

Tensiomyography (TMG) Testing:

Tensiomyography assesses muscle mechanical response based on radial muscle belly displacement induced by the single electrical stimulus.

It is a non invasive method to assess muscle contractile properties. It is also able to provide information on muscle stiffness, contraction velocity and types of muscles fibre.

VO2 Max:

VO2 max is to assess the maximal amount of oxygen consumption of the body.

Maximal oxygen consumption reflects the aerobic physical fitness of the individual, and is an important determinant of their endurance capacity during prolonged, sub-maximal exercise.

Sprint Test:

The purpose of this test is to determine acceleration, maximum running speed and speed endurance, depending on the distance run.

The test involves running a single maximum sprint over a set distance, with time recorded. After a standardized warm up, the test is conducted over a distance of 20 meters and repeated 6 times.

The timing gates can measure the time to run each split distances (e.g. 5, 10, 20m) during the same run, and then acceleration and peak velocity can also be determined.

Upa Yoga:

Upa Yoga is a simple yet powerful system of exercise that activates the joints, muscles and energy system.

YoYo Intermittent Recovery Run Level 2:

The Yo-Yo Intermittent Test is a test of the ability to undertake intermittent exercise.

The players have a short 10 seconds active break after each 40m (2 x 20 m runs), with the speed increasing at intervals.

The test evaluates an individual’s ability to repeatedly perform intervals over a prolonged period of time.

2.4km Trial Test:

Trial test was conducted to test the players fitness level before next week test.

Rescheduled fixture

The match between Albirex Niigata (S) and Hougang United has been rescheduled for the 20th of November, Friday. The venue has been changed to Jurong East Stadium. Kick off remains at 7:30 pm.


Written By: Shawn Lim

Geylang International vs Hougang United
(Monday, 9 November, 7:30pm, Bedok Stadium)

Geylang International coach Jorg Steinebrunner has called on his side to finish their Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League by staying unbeaten in their last two matches in order not to finish as wooden spoonist.

The Eagles are currently on a three-match unbeaten run and have a chance to move above eight-placed Courts Young Lions if they manage to bag all three points against Hougang United at Bedok Stadium on Monday.

Having spent a majority of the season as cellar-dwellers, Steinebrunner strongly believes that the Eagles can still salvage their season by beating the Cheetahs and defending champions Warriors FC.

“There’s a difference between just saying you are confident or you actually mean it. It’s the same, you can say people have passion but either you have it or don’t have it,” the German said after his side’s 2-2 draw with Young Lions.

“In our case, you need to be confident. You need to be sometimes realistic and say what’s our chances and how you going to work things out.

“In the end of the day, if you come to play football and you step into the field without confidence, you have lost the battle anyway.”

Even though the Eagles might not have an easy time against Hougang, whom they lost 1-0 in the reverse fixture earlier this season, Steinebrunner wants his players to adopt a never-say-die attitude.

“To be honest, it doesn’t matter who we play. Even if Geylang International plays Brazil tomorrow, we know we might not stand a chance, but you should be confident to go out and play football.

“We should say “Look, when we get the ball, we should keep the ball, try to do some work and not just have 10 players behind the man..and kick the long ball and hope for the best.” “

“That was what we showed today (against Courts Young Lions), same like against (Brunei) DPMM and the second half against Home United.”

Meanwhile, Hougang’s new man at the helm, K.Balagumaran suffered a defeat in his first match as head coach, after watching his side fell to a 2-1 defeat to Harimau Muda in their previous game.

Even though the Cheetahs are winless in their past five matches and are on the verge of finishing at the bottom of the table with only two games left to play in the season, Balagumaran wants his players to play without pressure.

“I will tell the players to go and enjoy the next game, don’t put pressure on themselves. Whatever happens, just enjoy the game and the result will come,” the former Gombak United coach said after the loss to the Young Tigers.

While a victory for the Cheetahs over the Eagles will keep them in the current position, it will be a shot in the arm for the Hougang-based club in their bid to climb off the foot of the table.

Key Men to Watch

Hougang United: Nurhilmi Jasni

Currently the club’s second-top scorer in the league with five goals, the captain has been a bright spark for the Cheetahs this season, putting in consistent performances on a regular basis.

Aside from having pace to burn, Nurhilmi also has a knack for being in the right place and right time to convert goalscoring opportunities.

Geylang International: Shawal Anuar

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has been a revelation for the Eagles since being promoted from their Prime League squad this season.

Exhibiting hard work and playmaking skills, Shawal was one of the best players on the field for Geylang against Young Lions, constantly winning challenges and even got on the scoresheet himself.

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