Home United look set to bolster their squad with the club targeting two foreign imports as they compete on two fronts; SPL (Singapore Premier League) and the AFC Cup. The Protectors have qualified for the AFC Cup Asean Zonal final and will be seeking to go one better than in the 2017 edition as they come up against Philippines outfit Ceres Negros.
While The Protectors have been on fire in the AFC Cup, they have endured a stop-start season in the league as they sit fifth in the table with four wins, two draws and four losses. Adding to their need for reinforcements is also the unavailability of French forward Sirina Camara after he sustained a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury suffered in the game against Young Lions last week.
Significantly the two players that have been targeted are Cambodian star winger Chan Vathanaka and former A-League and Australian U-23 winger Isaka Cernak. Vathanaka last played in Malaysia for Pahang FA in the Malaysia Super League and the 24-year-old has been without a club ever since his release. On the other hand, A-League winner Cernak is looking for a new lease of life after spending two seasons with Sisaket in Thailand. Moreover The 29-year-old has also turned out for the Australia U-23 team where he made six appearances from 2010 to 2011.
Reports suggest that he is scheduled to arrive in Singapore next week, before joining the Protectors for a two-week trial in time for the SPL transfer window which opens on July 13. For Vathanaka sources close to the club revealed that the Cambodian’s agent had been in touch with the club proposing the possibility of the 24-year-old playing in Singapore.
“With Camara out of season, I’m looking for another foreigner who can adapt to our playing style fast, so that he can blend well with the team as soon as possible,” mentioned Home United coach, Aidil Sharin.
“If we want to have a chance at the AFC Cup zonal final and to put pressure on Albirex [Niigata FC S] and Tampines [Rovers], we need an excellent foreigner to light up the remaining part of the season.”