| SINGAPORE (July 12, 2007) – While the rest of Asia is enthralled by the on-going Asian Cup, the S-League in Singapore is currently in the midst of several transfer negotiations as soon as the window opens next week.
Top of the list is Geylang United’s rumoured association with former Singapore international Itimi Dickson as they attempt to shore up their unimpressive scoring record thus far.
Currently eighth at the table, Geylang have scored only 18 goals as against 22 conceded from 14 matches.
“Itimi has talked with us about the possibility of coming here, but nothing has been done yet,” admitted coach Lim Tong Hai.
“It will be good to have Itimi join this club. He can play on either left or right wing, and he can also be a supporting striker, which is something we need.”
A turnaround on the part of Norikazu Murakami will see the Japanese striker playing for the Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC) club for the remainder of the 2007 season.
Murakami, who had earlier decided to part ways with Balestier Khalsa due to personal reasons, had since held talks with SAFFC with the latter agreeable to sign him on probably for the 2008 season as well.
“The move came as a result of a mutual agreement between Nori and both clubs,” said a spokesman for SAFFC.
However, Nori will have to fight his way for a place in the starting eleven considering that the defending champions still have Aleksandar Duric, Masrezwan Masturi and Ashrin Shariff in their stable.
“If I play, I will give 100%. If I sit on the bench, I will also give 100%,” quipped Nori.
On the other hand, Ali Imran Lomri is almost certain to join Woodlands Wellington following his release from SAFFC following a knee injury which has dogged the player since last year.
Woodlands coach Jorg Steinebrunner is more than pleased to sign Ali Imran, whom he considers as an ‘asset’.
“We haven’t agreed on personal terms yet, but it’s not a matter of dollars and cents,” said Steinebrunner.
“He’s a player of great quality and determination and if we take good care of him, he will give us another option on the left hand side. He’s good defensively, he can go forward, and he’s got a good scoring record, so in many ways he gives us room to play.”
S-LEAGUE CURRENT STANDING
1. Home United 38pts; 2. Tampines Rovers 36; 3. SAFFC 34
SOURCE: FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION of SINGAPORE