It has been proven a challenging 2011 with much uncertainty worldwide, especially in the financial sector Europe in the second half of 2011. There are also many adverse, world changing events over the whole year.
Likewise in 2011, Hougang United Football Club (HGFC) faced great challenges.
HGFC’s mascot, Cheetah, has also faced great challenges to survive the year. Similar to a Cheetah in the great wilderness, we strived for excellence and our thirst for agility has brought us a closure to 2011. With our Cheetah’s superior, competitive and subtly aggressive characteristic, our belief that the Cheetah presents an accurate symbol of the Club’s ambitions has been proven in year 2011 and we hang on to the belief into the year 2012.
It was also a year of changes for HGFC whereby the Club’s name was changed to “Hougang United Football Club” in the early 2011 to reach out to our community around our home ground.
There was dark episode for Hougang United Football Club during the Season when HGFC and Etoile FC were involved in a fracas in May 2011. Both teams were brought to the Disciplinary Committee and inquiry was made with punishments melted out to both Clubs. This has been a hard lesson learnt for the Club and myself. We are determined not to repeat such mistakes in the history of the Hougang United Football Club.
To all HGFC’s fans, support from you has given us tremendous courage and strive to perform and excel on the pitch. We like to express our sincere appreciation to our supporters. It is supporters like you that has brought so much vibrancy into our games. It is your cheers and your songs that have lifted the spirits of our players and it is your support that has made all the hard work worthwhile.
And, most importantly, it is your presence that has forged a strong friendship in the football scene! Thank you.
We are looking forward to a brighter 2012 with your great support and we will continue to strive to create a vibrant match-day experience for our supporters /fans and a greater community involvement from the Club, as well as increasing the level of football exposure to our youths and beyond..
The Club had seen positive changes in 2011. The S-League team climbed to the 7th position in 2011, we had claimed the 1st Runners up position in the League Cup and had played our way into the Semi-Finals of the RHB cup.
My continual belief to “Change for a better” is as steadfast into my 3rd year as a Chairman though Change has been known to be troublesome, or even painful. It is the positive changes that we had made to thrive in and had leveraged upon to what we have achieved so far. Change, is what I believe is the key in constructing a modern and sustainable football landscape for Singapore, and for HGFC.
In the year 2012, we will be looking into a stronger team with the changes made to the technical team. We have a new coach, Mr Nenad Bacina, who will be contributing a lot to our progress in our new season.
This is not the first time Mr Nenad touches our shores, he was a footballer himself in Singapore for 4 years and had been a coach with Woodlands Willington FC in 2009.
Apart from his experiences in local culture and football scene, he had also led Malaysian Team and Croatian Teams in many competitions.
We have strong belief in his vast experiences that he can bring HGFC to a higher level of football both on and off the pitch.
We also have very capable assistants, Mr Hyrizan and Mr Nahar, with Mr Nenad in the Season 2012. Both of them are outstanding local coaches.
We strongly believe that the new coaching team is a strong formidable combination.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere, heartfelt thanks to all players, coaches, management and staffs for their hard work and efforts being poured into the Club. I welcome all new members to our family this season and hope all of you will continue to cooperate fruitfully and put in your best efforts to work hard to the future success of the Club. Let us look forward to what we want to achieve collectively and ultimately; that is how we are going to unite as one and work for the future development and expansion of the Club.
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