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April 10, 2013 5:15 PM IST
Jalan Besar Stadium — Singapore
Referee:‬ Win Cho‎
Attendance:‬ 1362‎
54′ (OG) Denzil Franco

Warriors FC vs Churchill Brothers Preview: Will the Warriors be able to march past the Red machine?

The Warriors have had a miserable campaign in the S.League and the AFC Cup competition and need a win against Churchill Brothers if they want a realistic chance of advancing

By Eddie Ridzwan

Semen Padang vs Warriors FC (GOAL.com/Antara)
By Eddie Ridzwan


Hassan Sunny;
Ruzaini, Bennett (C), Vidosevic, Syaiful
Shukor Zailan;
Erwan, Jia Yi, Inui
Karoglan, Anuar

Denzil, Balmuchu, Ravanan (C), Yumnam;
Dias, Bikramjit;
Chhetri, Antchouet, Arezou

Warriors FC will host Churchill Brothers at Jalan Besar Stadium on Matchday Four of the AFC Cup. This match comes a week after the I-League leaders trounced the eight-time Singapore champions 3-0 back in India.

The Warriors are facing perhaps the worst start of their season; fourth from the bottom in the S.League, having collected only seven points from a possible 21, their latest defeat came at the hands of the youthful Harimau Muda ‘B’.

Japanese duo Kazuyuki Toda and Shimpei Sakurada are both expected to remain on the sidelines for a week or so. Centre-back Abdil Qaiyyim sustained an injury from their defeat to Harimau Muda and might remain on the treatment table and miss this encounter.

Mislav Karoglan will look to inspire his team with some goals, something he is well-known for. The Croatian has yet to open his accounts in the current AFC Cup campaign and there is no better time to do so.

Domestically, Churchill Brothers are sitting on the top of the I-League table, five points clear of their nearest challenger.

Although Churchill Brothers will be without prolific Brazilian playmaker Roberto da Silva, they have shown that they are able to overcome their opponent as evident in their meeting last week in Goa, with the I-League team coming away with a 3-0 victory.

The team had initially traveled to Singapore without their star striker and India international Sunil Chhetri and Afghanistan international Balal Arezou, on-loan from Norway second tier club Asker, as their visa application was denied by the Singapore Authority. 

But those worries were put to rest as both players, along with club owner Churchill Braz Alemao, were granted visas on Monday evening and will travel to the city-state a day before the match.

Gabon international Henri Antchouet, who provided both assists in his team's 2-1 victory over Pune FC over the weekend, will most likely start the match with Steven Dias and Bikramjit Singh playing behind the front trio of Antchouet, Sunil and Arezou.


Warriors FC: Japanese duo Shimpei Sakurada and Kazuyuki Toda should still be unfit for this match while Abdil Qaiyyim has picked up an injury from their S.League match.

Churchill Brothers SC: Strikers Sunil Chhetri and Balal Arezou were granted visas for their trip to Singapore at the last minute and should be available to feature. Captain, Beto, is still out with a problematic hamstring.

  • Former Warriors FC playmaker, John Wilkinson, is currently plying his trade in the I-League for Salgaocar FC.
  • Warriors FC had initially wanted a Warrior on their club logo but S.League regulations only allowed for animals to be featured.
  • Warriors FC are the most successful Singaporean team in the Asian Champions League, having recorded a 4 point tally in the group stages.

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1Hassan SunnyGoalkeeper
16Daniel BennettDefender
22Abdil QaiyyimDefender
11Marin VidosevicDefender
7Shi JiayiMidfielder
-Shukor bin ZailanMidfielder
13Ruzaini ZainalMidfielder
-Mislav KaroglanMidfielder
3Zulfadli Zainal AbidinDefender
13Erwan GunawanStriker
-Tatsuro InuiStriker
1Hyrulnizam JumaatGoalkeeper
14Matthew AbrahamDefender
-S. IskandarDefender
8Dharham AzizMidfielder
-M. PrakashMidfielder
12Hafsyar FarkhanStriker
15Sufian AnuarStriker
42Sandip NandyGoalkeeper
12Denzil FrancoDefender
6Lamine TambaDefender
13Dharmaraj RavananDefender
2Sudhakaran Naveen KumarDefender
31Ashley FernandesMidfielder
24Lenny RodriguesMidfielder
-Steven DiasMidfielder
11Sunil ChhetriStriker
43Balal ArezouStriker
9H. AntchouetStriker
21Felix D’SouzaGoalkeeper
11Sanjay BalmuchuDefender
22Jaison ValesStriker
44Bikramjit SinghMidfielder
35Bineesh BalanStriker
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Hassan Sunny 1
Daniel Bennett 16
Abdil Qaiyyim 22
Marin Vidosevic 11
Shi Jiayi 7
Shukor bin Zailan 0
Ruzaini Zainal 13
Mislav Karoglan 0
Zulfadli Zainal Abidin 3
Erwan Gunawan 13
Tatsuro Inui 0
Sandip Nandy 42
Denzil Franco 12
Lamine Tamba 6
Dharmaraj Ravanan 13
Sudhakaran Naveen Kumar 2
Ashley Fernandes 31
Lenny Rodrigues 24
Steven Dias 0
Sunil Chhetri 11
Balal Arezou 43
H. Antchouet 9
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