3 in a row

3 in a row
Tampines Rovers footballers celebrating their win over Balestier during an S-League match held at the Clementi Stadium on 23 June 2012.

SINGAPORE - They didn't even kick a ball last night, but Tampines Rovers were crowned champions of the 2013 Great Eastern-Yeo's S-League. Albirex Niigata's 2-1 home loss to Balestier Khalsa ensured Tampines' third successive league triumph.

Their latest feat means the Stags (left) have won five titles, three behind Warriors FC's record of eight wins.

Backed by ambitious chairman Teo Hock Seng, Tampines will be targeting a fourth league triumph on the trot next season.

Tampines claimed the crown despite undergoing a turbulent campaign. Former S-League player Nenad Bacina was hired as coach.

Tampines brought in Japanese defenders Seiji Kaneko (Mitra Kukar, Indonesia) and Kunihiro Yamashita (Albirex).

They signed Singapore internationals and LionsXII stars Shaiful Esah, Khairul Amri and Shahdan Sulaiman. There was much fanfare when Argentinian midfielder Martin Wagner became their marquee player. Croatian striker Sead Hadzibulic and goalkeeper Sasa Dreven were retained.

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