Gay Shot To Fame
The Chicken Wings youth academy was buzzing today, as news came in that former graduate Gay Tze Kok had come on for U-20 Singapore against Japan, aged just 18 years and 105 days. While Gay, a substitute for Bukhari Saidi, was on the pitch only for a few minutes in a defensive role, it was still cause for celebration in the camp.
Gay's feat means that he is only the third Chicken Wings boy to don national youth colours, after midfielder Quah Han Kok and current forward Mohd Safri bin Mohd Kassim
, and the first to do it with another club, in this case FC København of Denmark.
, who was highly tipped to follow in Quah and Mohd Safri's footsteps but never quite made the cut before returning to Grilled, was among the first to congratulate his junior.
"I shot Gay an email immediately." Ling said. "We never played together, but I came across him a few times, when he was with the Hungry Hamsters U-15s after Mr. Mok spotted him. He had something about him."
When asked if he was jealous of Gay's achievements, Ling looked stern for a moment, before laughing. "Yes, a little, of course! Well, there's always the senior side. Let's see if they need a ballplaying central defender someday."