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Admiralty aim to do the NFL proud

The NFL Division 1 outfit qualified for the competition proper after beating Singapore Recreation Club 3-1 last month in the final of the play-offs. -TNP
Lim Say Heng

Fri, Jun 07, 2013
The New Paper

They are the only National Football League club in the StarHub League Cup.

But Admiralty FC certainly would not have been overawed when they faced Woodlands Wellington on Wednesday night.

Already among their ranks are former S-League players such as goalkeeper Siddiq Durimi, Jonathan Xu, Guntur Djafril and Azhar Baksin.

The Wolves have also bolstered their ranks with former Woodlands defender Daniel Hammond, football reality show First XI finalist John Spackman and striker Andrew Hutchen.

Experience

Club chairman Francis Donahue Marcel said: "About three quarters of our players have experience playing in the S-League, so it would be just be a normal match for them.

"Our preparations have been okay so far. We've been trying to get our fitness levels up since we're a non-professional club and the fitness of our players may not be as good as those in the S-League."

The NFL Division 1 outfit qualified for the competition proper after beating Singapore Recreation Club (SRC) 3-1 last month in the final of the play-offs.

The preliminary rounds involved four clubs from the NFL Division 1 and 2 - Admiralty, SRC, Singapore Cricket Club and Sporting Westlake.

The ambitious Admiralty topped the Division 2 competition last year with 16 wins in 16 games, scoring 60 goals in the process.

They expressed interest in joining the S-League last season, but were turned down.

They may have been rebuffed by the S-League, but Wednesday night's match would have offered a glimpse of how well they'd stand up against professional opposition.

Their chairman just wants the players to go out and give a good account of themselves.

Said Marcel: "I just want them to go out and play and do the NFL proud, and hope that the rest of the league comes down to support us."


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