Grilled International's Micky bin Kadir
hoisted the league Golden Boot, after his 30th minute finish off his own rebound, in a 6-0 win over The sons of Taima, kept him ahead of the Benfica 1904 pairing of Marian Chivulescu and Bernard Paßlack.
All eyes were on Chivulescu to challenge, but he would score just the once too against Real Hazard, to end up one goal behind on fifteen; Paßlack's hat-trick got him up to thirteen, while third forward Martinho Manuel Vilas-Boas opened the scoring with two to bring himself up to twelve, behind Micky, his teammates, and roccoeisuoifratelli's Italian hotshot Leonardo Corazzari.
For the 28 year-old Micky bin Kadir
, it was a near-unthinkable achievement, given that his main worry two seasons back was whether he even had a career in soccer. Then a reserve some way back in the pecking order, bouts of self-doubt and indifferent form - yielding just the single goal in thirteen appearances - had him constantly entertain the thought of walking away.
"Of course, I didn't tell the coaches that, and on hindsight, I'm glad I didn't leave." a beaming Micky declared. "Turns out I just needed to find my feet."
Back in Singapore, another slow-developer in relative terms too reaped his reward, as Farmer Bunnies defender Kwek Yun Jie
collected a fourth national cap, though in a 2-5 loss to visiting Tanzania. Kwek was arguably excellent against direct opponent Jimmy Khalfan however, with his constant aggression - marked by a booking - forcing the winger inside.