Hougang United Football Club held it's pre-season press conference at the Kovan Hub on Friday, 3rd Feb 2012.
Club manager Edwin Tan kick started the evening announcing WAGA as Hougang United's new apparel sponsor. Tan, who spoke on behalf of Chairman Bill Ng introduced Nenad Bacina as the new head coach and assistant coaches Hyrizan Jufri and Nahar Daud as the new technical team spear heading the Cheetahs campaign. S-League CEO Lim Chin was amongst the guests present.
Tan also introduced new signings, Croatian duo midfielder Antre Barac and centerback Stanko Vidakovic.
Head Coach Nenad Bacina then commented that Hougang United have since retained the services of 10 players from the previous season including newly appointed team captain Isaac Lau, Guinean forward Mamadou Diallo and Canadian winger Jordan Webb.
In addition, the club have also acquired new faces, including goal keeper Ng Jia Fa from Tanjong Pagar, Khayrulhayat Jumat and Hasree Zais from the Eagles prime league team, midfielders Ridhwan Osman and Nurhilmi Jasni from Balestier.
Nenad added, "As you know my football philosophy is same from the last time, I never divide the first team from the prime league players. My job is to make them all capable of playing in the S-League."
"We would like to play good attractive football to attract the fans to Hougang stadium because football without fans doesn't mean much. And so I would like to thank the Hougang HOOLs, they are very supportive of us even during our friendly matches."
When asked of how his team would fair this year, he said he will aim for at least a 7th place in the S-league or better.
"We will take a match-by-match approach and as long as the players approach each game with a professional attitude and play with heart, at the end of the day the result will come."
Hougang United's pre-season games have yield 5 wins and a draw but Nenad was quick to note that though they were good results and a boost for his team, they will not be complacent.
Hougang United kicks off their S-League opening match against Tanjong Pagar United at the Hougang Stadium this Thursday, 9th Feb 2012. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.