In quite bad news for Birds veteran Teo Chuan Yong
, his knee issue will see him out for close to a month, according to the club doctors' best estimate. "It's tough to accept for a 36 year-old, who has been trying to hard to play his way back into the main team." Tian Yonghang
commiserated. "But that's life. Our fitness coaches are ready to assist however they can."
The Buns visited Finland to take on H.A.L VII.789 leaders Oy Hankkila Ab, and made quite hard work of a narrow 1-0 win, courtesy of Judah Cho
's ninth minute conversion from a corner. Mushtag Al-Nameeri
had done most of the job then with a bullet header that took Ats Villand out of consideration, leaving Cho to tap in on just his second start for the club.
There would be a debut for Louis Lee
too, which however lasted only forty-five minutes and change, as he was subbed out at half-time for Lau Keng Kwang
. Lee would come close to scoring in the 34th minute as he ran fearlessly up in support of Amirul Jufri Khairil
's long carry down the right, but Villand was prepared on this occasion.
Farmer Bunnies then had to survive some top deliveries to a thankfully-misfiring Miika Pitkonen, but held on to take a messy victory. "Well done Mushtag for the winning goal, but I'm sure that the supporters will welcome some fresh blood in attack." Vishnu Tallapaka
hinted in passing, during the post-game interview.
Grilled International managed a 4-1 over New Jersey fourth division strugglers SC Ilhavos in the Zürisee Winter-WM Cup 2022, to overhaul them into 14th spot, on Tuesday. After all the pain that International had suffered in this tourney, it was a relief to dominate cleanly for once, and Sazwan bin Hj Muhd Salleh
bagged a brace against Shayne Morley's 38th minute poach.
Even better was to come from Sazwan as International then hosted Palestine Premier League club Bigus Dickus, and edged the recent Palestine Emerald Challenger Cup holders by five goals to four. The 34 year-old exploded with a hat-trick, beginning with a soft 12th minute penalty, before adding a wicked free-kick and finally a tap-in from open play, to complete the trifecta.