Singapore: Sengkang Look To New Signings

S-League side Sengkang Punggol are looking at two of their new signings to improve their fortunes and avoid finishing the season at the bottom of the heap.
The Hougang-based outfit have signed new strikers during the mid-season transfer window in Reginaldo Estevao of Brazil and Toshiaki Kato of Japan as they look to move out of the basement.

Saswadimata Dasuki, the head coach of Sengkang, was rather pleased with what the duo have shown on the weekend against the Super Reds even though they did not smote the score sheet.

“Reginaldo is the type of player that we’ve been searching for since the start of the season. He is strong, quick and he is a natural with the ball,” said Saswadimata.

“It was his first game in Singapore and that too against a very strong team (Super Reds). But even then, you can see his quality which we desperately need up front.”

The 31-year old Brazilian had previously played for Indonesian club Perseman Manokwari while for 20-year old Toshiaki Kato; he does not have a lot of professional experience under his belt.

“I put (Toshiaki) Kato in the first half so that he can contain the Super Reds from the front,” added Saswadimata.

“He is quick and he has pace, so at least he can match up to the Koreans in terms of fitness. However, it’s his first game and you can see that he needs time to adapt.

“We have many talented midfielders so Ivan (Asenjo) definitely had to make way. It is a good step forward and I believe that Reginaldo and (Toshiaki) Kato will play a big role towards the end of the season.”