<p>LOSING their captain and key defender Daniel Hammond to S-League rivals Singapore Armed Forces FC last month was a bitter pill to swallow, but Balestier Khalsa will usher in 2011 with their first foreign signing of the new season. </p> <p>South Korean defender Lim Young Woo, formerly of K-League giants Suwon Samsung Bluewings, has agreed a six-month contract - worth upwards of $4,000 a month - with the Toa Payoh-based club.</p> <p>The 23-year-old centre-back, who stands at 1.88 …, will undergo the requisite medical check and fitness test over the next few days.</p> <p>If he p… both, he will become the first of 19 players who had sought their fortune in November's centralised trials to be signed by an S-League club. The six-day trials were organised by the Football Association of Singapore.</p> <p>Said Lim, who made eight reserve team appearances last season for the four-time K-League champions: 'I came to Singapore to look for first-team football, which I could not get at Suwon.'</p> <p>The trials have been a happy hunting ground for Balestier in the past, with defender Paul Cunningham signed in a similar fashion at the start of last season. </p> <p>The New Zealander's partnership with Hammond in the heart of defence was a key reason for the Tigers finishing eighth in the 12-team League last year, a marked improvement after they ended the previous two as wooden spoonists. </p> <p>Salim Moin, who has taken over from Nasaruddin Jalil as head coach, is confident that Lim will strike up an equally effective partnership with Cunningham - the only foreign player to be retained by the club. </p> <p>Said Salim: 'We watched him in the game against Home United in the trials and his technical ability was fantastic.</p> <p>'He will add stability to our backline with his good reading of the game and aerial ability.'</p> <p>With Lim filling the gap in defence left by Hammond's departure, Balestier now turn their attention upfield, an area Salim feels can be improved from last season.</p> <p>'Our downfall last season was not scoring enough goals,' he said. 'We will look to be attack-oriented this season.'</p> <p>Having released Brazilian attackers Rivaldo Costa and Vitor Borges, who together managed a paltry 15 goals last season, the Tigers are still looking to sign two more foreigners - a midfielder and a striker - in time for the new season's kick-off on Feb 7. </p> <p>Their squad has also been boosted by several local signings - KairuldinIshak and Ridhwan Osman from Home United, as well as Anaz Hadee from Woodlands Wellington.<br/></p>
Home United failed to overtake SAFFC to the top of the table.Valery Hiek own goal in the 83 min gave the stags three valuable points. Tampines Rovers are still in the run for the title after winning at home today.However,the stags must not lose valuable points against weaker team. Attendance: 2,600 TAMPINES ROVERS Starting line-up…
Olympic Game Qualifying Preliminary Round 1st Leg - Singapore U21 Vs Pakistan U21
Match status: Full Time
Khairul Amri 57'
Mubashar Hussain 79'
Farooq Shah 87'