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