Woodlands Wellington youth coach passes away

By Khalis Rifhan

The local football fraternity was in a state of mourning on Tuesday as Woodlands Wellington announced the passing of its Under-16 coach Sivarajan.

On its official facebook page, Woodlands announced: “WWFC management, staff and players would like to offer our deepest condolences to Coach Sivarajan family. We have lost a good coach who dedicated his life to Singapore football. RIP Coach Siva.”

Fellow coaches at the club also posted condolence note on social media and among them was Woodlands U14 coach Khairul Asyraf.

“A trusted colleague who called a spade a spade," wrote Khairul.

"A man is always true to his beliefs. Coach Sivarajan, you will always be remembered by those lives you touched.”

Sivarajan who had been with the club for two years, was known in the footballing scene for being passionate and committed towards developing young talents.

Long time Rams fan, Hussain Razak fondly remembers Sivarajan not only as a coach but as someone he grew up with.

"He was my Primary school classmate and my soccer buddy when we were growing up in Sembawang,” said Hussain.

“He was at Woodlands for many years. I can't recall the years but he was out for a while then back in again and he was more to coaching the youth and was assisting Bala during the 2010 season.

“A no-nonsense footballer in our younger days, he was someone who didn't understand the word LOSE.

“A true silent hero that the local scene has lost, he touched the heart of lots of youth footballers in WWFC."

The wake will be held at the void deck of Blk 172, Yishun Ave 7, Singapore 760172 from today (December 5) and the funeral will be held on December 6 at 3pm.