FAS technical guru Michel Sablon must nurture rising talent to fill the void of departed Singapore stars in the 2018 S.League, says Neil Humphreys.
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Japan's Albirex Niigata (S) will have Singaporeans on their S.League roster in 2018, having signed playmaker Adam Swandi and goalkeeper Shahul Rayyan.
Asia-based football author Neil Humphreys gives five Singapore wishes for 2018 after an annus horribilis in 2017, with no national team victories.
Despite failing to achieve the target of winning a piece of silverware, Hougang United will stick with coach Philippe Aw for the 2018 S.League season.
Hougang United will finish in a disappointing sixth position in their 2017 S.League campaign after a 1-0 home defeat to Balestier Khalsa on Thursday.
Leaders Albirex Niigata (S) beat Balestier Khalsa 3-0 at Toa Payoh Stadium on Thursday night to effectively secure a second S.League title in a row.
Leaders Albirex Niigata (S) visit lowly Balestier Khalsa at Toa Payoh on Thursday, knowing that a win will effectively seal the 2017 S.League title.
Champions Albirex Niigata (S) have set standards for future Singapore S.League sides to follow, according to Hougang United coach Philippe Aw.
Home United kept alive their faint S.League title hopes after Stipe Plazibat fired them to a 2-0 win against Balestier Khalsa on Friday night.
Balestier Khalsa coach Marko Kraljevic lauded his side's "best game of the season" after defeating Brunei DPMM 4-1 away on Monday night.
Having already conceded the S.League title to Albirex Niigata (S), Tampines Rovers have set the target of beating Home United for second spot in 2017.
Tampines Rovers are still mathematically alive in the S.League race after Fazrul Nawaz fired them to a 1-0 victory over Balestier Khalsa on Sunday.
A brace by Singapore midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman guided Tampines Rovers to a 5-1 home victory over Hougang United in the S.League on Saturday night.
The S.League season resumes on Friday, with Singapore winger Faris Ramli hoping to shake off fatigue to power Home United against DPMM in Brunei.
Albirex Niigata (S) extended their lead at the S.League summit to four points after a narrow 2-1 win over Balestier Khalsa at Jurong East Stadium.
Brunei DPMM FC sealed top spot in the Singapore League Cup Group B on Friday evening after coming from behind to force a 3-3 draw with Geylang Int.
Geylang International and Brunei DPMM advanced into the semifinals of the 2017 Singapore League Cup with a game to spare after easy wins on Tuesday.
Tampines Rovers opened their Singapore League Cup campaign with a heavy 5-1 defeat to Brunei DPMM FC in Group B on Saturday at Jalan Besar Stadium.
Geylang International and Balestier Khalsa will be looking for much-needed joy when they kick off their Singapore League Cup campaign on Saturday.
"The title is very open now -- we have shown a lot of character," said striker Khairul Nizam with Home United only two points off the S.League summit.
Albirex Niigata (S) have been handed a tricky route to the semifinals after being drawn in Group B alongside Home United, Geylang and Balestier.
Tampines Rovers secured a sixth win in seven S.League matches, but coach Jurgen Raab wasn't happy with striker Ivan Dzoni and the Stags' defenders.
Tsubasa Sano scored five times as Albirex Niigata (S) reclaimed their five-point lead at the top of the S.League with an 8-0 victory over Young Lions.
Warriors FC revived their flailing S.League title hopes with an unconvincing 1-0 win against Balestier Khalsa at Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday night.
Warriors FC will welcome back defender Baihakki Khaizan as they seek to end a two-match S.League losing streak against Balestier Khalsa on Friday.