SINGAPORE - When Thng Yong-An was named captain of the C Division boys' basketball team of Unity Secondary School for this year's campaign, the 14-year-old knew what he had to do.
The team had finished third in last year's national competition and were regarded as good enough to claim the top prize this year.
But Secondary 2 student Yong-An noticed early on that his teammates were split into two cliques. Well aware that the team had to work together if they wanted to win the C Division trophy, the 1.72mtall point guard decided to take action.
"One group would hang out with each other while the other did their own thing because some of them didn't like each other," said Yong-An.
"During recess, I would ask them to come sit and eat together or just hang out together.
"I tried to get them to bond together, but they didn't listen, initially.