DOB/Age: 22 March 1998 (26)
Previous Clubs: FC Porto B (2016-2019), Troyes (2019-2022), FC Paços de Ferreira (2021-2022 – loan, 2022-2023)
Rui is a defensive midfielder who spent a large portion of his youth career progressing through the ranks at FC Porto, featuring in their Under-15, U17 and U19 sides.
He was promoted to Porto’s B side to play in Liga Portugal 2, the second tier of Portuguese football, before moving permanently to French Ligue 2 side Troyes. After two seasons there, the midfielder moved back to play in the Portuguese top tier, the Primeira Liga, on loan with FC Paços de Ferreira before the deal was made permanent.
Rui previously captained Portugal’s national age-group sides on a regular basis and was called up till the U20 level. In 2017, he put up a solid display throughout the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, earning him a place in the Team of the Tournament.
DOB/Age: 2 February 2002 (21)
Previous Clubs: Geylang International (2019-2020), Young Lions (2021-2022)
Qayyum displayed plenty of promise for the Young Lions in the 2022 Singapore Premier League season, the versatile left-footer featuring 25 times for the team across all competitions, playing in a variety of positions – from full-back to winger and even as an auxiliary striker – and scoring two goals in the process.
Adding depth to the Sailors’ flanks, Qayyum is targeting sturdy performances at the Bishan Stadium to launch his bid to represent the nation at the SEA Games and Asian Games later this year.
DOB/Age: 22 August 1988 (35)
Previous Clubs: Tanjong Pagar United (2011, 2012-2013), Home United (2012, 2018-2019), Geylang International (2014-2015), Warriors FC (2016-2017)
Well-known as a speed merchant, Hafiz forged himself a reputation as a dangerous and tricky winger in his younger days. He has since done well to transform himself into a steady and committed full-back, who is capable of putting in crunching tackles as well as whipping in dangerous crosses from his flank.
Now the senior statesman at the Sailors, Hafiz is still going strong and enjoys the opportunity to impart his knowledge to the younger ones at the club.
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DOB/Age: 29 October 2004 (19)
Previous Clubs: ANZA Singapore
One of the youngest players in the squad, Madison only turns 19 this October, but already displays an air of maturity and assurance every time she is on the pitch. She played an influential role in the Sailors’ 2022 WPL title-winning season, starring with her forceful runs from midfield and scored six goals to finish as the team’s third highest-scorer.
The Canadian who has resided in Singapore her whole life, started playing the game at the age of five and went on to represent ANZA for a number of years.
A shrewd midfield operator who excels in both defensive duties and attacking responsibilities, Madison is looking to further hone her skills as she looks to achieve her aim of receiving a scholarship to play Division 1 football in a US university in the near future.
DOB/Age: 23 April 1992 (31)
Previous Clubs: Home United, Woodlands Wellington
A bit of a sports fanatic who dallied with badminton and track and field, Hui Xin gave football a go with friends when in primary school and was hooked by the camaraderie and team dynamics of football.
The sport took her on a journey of highs and lows that featured a Direct Schools Admission (DSA) entry into Victoria Junior College, stints with Home United – the previous iteration of the Lion City Sailors – and Woodlands Wellington.
A midfield enforcer who possesses superb playmaking abilities, Hui Xin is a real leader in this young Sailors side and her years of experience comes in handy to help guide the rising talents of the Singapore women’s game.
DOB/Age: 16 December 1998 (25)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2015-2018), Home United (2019), Young Lions (2020-2021)
An elegant midfield playmaker who always seems to have an extra yard of space on the ball and has the vision to produce defence-splitting passes, Hami has long been viewed as one of the most accomplished local midfielders since making his professional debut in 2016. At just age 24, he already has more than 100 professional club appearances under his belt and is now going into his ninth season in the Singapore Premier League.
Hami enjoyed an excellent 2019 season with Home United – the former iteration of the Sailors – scoring the decisive penalty to help the club win the Community Shield, and also netting a long-range scorcher on his AFC Cup debut. Hami has since kicked on to be a regular in the Singapore national team and has the potential to be a lynchpin in the Sailors’ engine room.
DOB/Age: 14 July 1994 (29)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2012-2015), Hougang United (2016-2017, 2019-2020), Home United (2017-2018), Kedah Darul Aman (2021)
Anu is one of the finest defensive midfielders in the country, adding some much-needed steel to the Sailors engine room. He joined the Sailors in 2022 after a good season north of the Causeway with Kedah Darul Aman, where he was a key member of the squad that helped the club finish second in the Malaysia Super League behind the all-conquering Johor Darul Ta’zim.
Anu also previously helped Home United – the former iteration of the Sailors – to be crowned AFC Asean Zone champions in 2018. If required, the 2016 S.League (now Singapore Premier League) Young Player of the Year also has the ability to play in the heart of defence.
DOB/Age: 12 January 1996 (27)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2015-2016), Home United (2017, 2019), Albirex Niigata (S) (2018)
Blessed with superb close control and the ability to pull something out of the extraordinary, Adam has long been viewed as one of the best Singaporean talents to emerge in the past decade. Adam first came to prominence after impressing in the 2011 and 2012 Lion City Cup, which earned him a two-year contract with French Ligue 2 outfit FC Metz.
He then returned to Singapore to play for the Young Lions, before eventually signing for Albirex Niigata (S) in 2018, where he won the domestic treble, as well as the SPL Young Player of the Year award. In recent years, Adam has been converted into a deep-lying midfielder with his vision and eye for the killer pass key to setting the Sailors up for further success.
DOB/Age: 29 November 1998 (25)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2017-2019)
An electric wide player who is blessed with explosive acceleration and has some neat touches in his locker, Pashia is a solid attacking option for the Sailors. His determination to succeed in the game saw him overcome a major injury in 2016 to make his SPL bow for the Young Lions the following year.
His natural talent led to him being signed by the Sailors in 2020 and he is yearning to fulfill his burgeoning potential at the club.