Former tiger returns as coach

Former tiger returns as coach
WELCOME BACK: Balestier Khalsa chairman S Thavaneson (far left) with his new head coach, Croat Marko Kraljevic.

An old boy is back at Balestier Khalsa, and his first task is to bring a top marksman to Toa Payoh Stadium.

Said former Balestier attacking midfielder Marko Kraljevic, who was on Thursday unveiled by chairman S Thavaneson as the club's new head coach: "I look at the squad and I see a lot of players who can play as a second striker, but that's not enough.

"My priority is to bring in a top finisher, whose job is only to put the ball in the net from tap-ins, from inside the box.

"You look at Yugoslav S-League strikers in the past like Paulic Goran, Jure Eres, (naturalised Singaporean Aleksandar) Duric... That's the kind of player I want to bring here.

"It's not easy to get that quality but I have a few boys in mind. I think I can bring a player like (2011 top-scorer) Mislav Karoglan here."

Last season, Qiu Li topped the scoring charts for Balestier with 12 league goals, operating mostly as a winger or advanced playmaker but he has been released.

Their next two best scorers with seven goals - South Korean pair Kim Min Ho and Park Kang Jin - also played in deep offensive roles.

The Tigers' only orthodox strikers - Patrick Paran and Brazilian Vitor Borges - combined for only a single strike all season, and both have also left the club.

PERMENANT RESIDENT

Kraljevic, 48, who played for a host of S-League clubs before retiring in 2001, became a permanent resident in 2000 and has been living and running a business in Singapore since.

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