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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Goodbye Sengkang, hello Hougang United

SINGAPORE: In 2006, two former S-League clubs based at the Hougang Stadium, Paya Lebar Punggol and Sengkang Marine, merged to form Sengkang Punggol.

The new club never finished better than the last two spots in the S-League but Bill Ng, who took over the club's chairmanship last year, has promised that things will be different next year and has asked for six months before making any judgment on the club's progress.

One change they have already decided on is the name of the club.

From next season they will be known as Hougang United, to identify with the community around their base of operations. They have also swopped the Dolphin mascot for the Cheetah.

Ng confirmed the club's name change and new mascot, saying that a key factor for the decision was to connect better with residents around the club's 2,500-capacity stadium at Hougang Avenue 2.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has approved the change. MediaCorp understands the changes will be registered before the start of the 2011 season in February.

When financier Ng took over the club, their debts stood at $1.3 million, but he has since paid off about $455,000. And Ng insists there's only one way for the club to go - up the S-League table.

"The club have been improving gradually since 2008 and we have scored more points year-on-year. There has been improvement and next year we will commit more funds to football development ... Sengkang will be different, starting with the changes to our name and mascot." - TODAY

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