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90 Minutes With: Goran Subara

Ian Griffiths was at the Toa Payoh Stadium to watch Balestier Khalsa favourite Goran Subara in S.League action against SAFFC on Thursday. Balestier Khalsa favourite Goran Subara has been one of the many heroes in a side that has taken the Great Eastern-YEO's S.League by surprise this season.


Having formed a rock solid partnership at the heart of the Tigers defence, Subara has shone this campaign, and is one of the key reasons why Balestier - a team not renowned for grabbing goals aplenty and yet who are impressively tight at the back - are riding high in the league.

Here's a look at how Subara fared for Darren Stewart's charges in the 1-0 win over Singapore Armed Forces.

KICK-OFF - Balestier's number 15 looks ready for the battle ahead, clapping his encouragement before the start of the game. Subara is occupying his usual spot at the centre of defence alongside Paul Cunningham, vacating the midfield berth he was in against Albirex Niigata last week.

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Defeat At Toa Payoh Sends SAFFC into Despair

SAFFC’s floundering season took a new turn for the worse on Thursday evening as their journey to Toa Payoh Stadium ended in a 0-1 defeat to Balestier Khalsa.

Andrew Tan’s goal on 69 minutes was enough to take all three points away from the Warriors, who remain in ninth place with just eight points from as many games played.

Balestier temporarily moved into top spot themselves following this result, although that position will probably be ceded to Brunei’s DPMM FC in another 24 hours when the latter, who have never been beaten at home this season, host second-from-bottom Tanjong Pagar United.

It is the damage done to Richard Bok and his charges that will bear much permanence, however, following an incoherent display that reflected the despair faced by the former S.League kingpins.

Bok was without star signing Seiji Saito for the third consecutive match, as he settled for largely the same eleven players that had started against Woodlands Wellington a week ago, Zulfadli Zainal Abidin the only introduction.

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Tigers Back Zulkiffli To Recover From Ban

Balestier Khalsa are rallying around their winger Zulkiffli Hassim, after the player was handed a five-match ban and a suspended fine for making offensive remarks against Woodlands Wellington defender Fabien Lewis.

Zulkiffli had clashed with Lewis when their respective teams met at Toa Payoh Stadium for a Great Eastern-YEO’S S.League fixture on 18 March 2012, which ended 2-0 in favour of the Tigers.

The FAS Disciplinary Committee heard that Zulkiffli had uttered “remarks of an offensive and racist nature” to Lewis, a Trinidadian of African descent.

Lewis then complained immediately to referee K. Kalimuthu, who promptly produced a direct red card to Zulkiffli.

Woodlands proceeded to follow up on the complaint by Lewis, leading to an FAS charge for “bringing the game into disrepute” and the subsequent Disciplinary Committee hearing on Tuesday.

Zulkiffli was handed a three-match ban in additional to the automatic two-match suspension he had already served, and a suspended S$1,000 fine, subject to good behaviour for the remainder of the 2012 season, was also meted out at the end of the hour-long hearing.

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