A promising shot-stopper with immense physical attributes, Adib is an exciting goalkeeping talent to look out for in the future. His potential has not gone unnoticed, and he was called up to the Singapore national team for their games against Qatar and Yemen in 2019. Adib spent the first four years of his professional career with the Young Lions, before signing for the Sailors in 2020. Currently the most junior custodian at the club, Adib will look to develop himself further by learning from his more experienced counterparts in Hassan and Rudy, as he takes the next step towards becoming a top-class goalkeeper.
DOB/Age: 2 April 1984 (36)
Previous Clubs: Geylang United (2003, 2006-2007), Young Lions (2004-2005), Tampines Rovers (2008-2011), Warriors FC (2012-2014), Army United (2015-2016, 2018-2019), Home United (2017)
Nicknamed “Superman” for his bravery and ability to pull off stunning saves, Hassan is one of Singapore’s best-ever goalkeepers. His many career achievements include being the first goalkeeper to win the S.League Player of the Year award, as well as being named among the top-20 goalkeepers in the world by UK-based publication The Telegraph in 2016. With a combined four seasons abroad at Thailand’s Army United, along with his vast experience in the local and international football scene, Hassan is undoubtedly one of the Sailors’ most important players.
DOB/Age: 19 July 1994 (26)
Previous Clubs: Gombak United (2012), Young Lions (2013-2015), Home United (2017-2019)
Possessing great reflexes and a safe pair of hands, Rudy is considered to be one of the best young goalkeepers in the country. Following stints at Gombak United and the Young Lions, the former Singapore Under-23 custodian joined Home United in 2017. Rudy then rose to become the first-choice goalkeeper the following year, and played a starring role in the club’s successful run in the AFC Cup, where they were crowned ASEAN Zonal champions. Injuries limited his playing time in 2019, but he is now fully fit and ready to help the Sailors in our quest for silverware.
DOB/Age: 7 February 1994 (26)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2012-2013, 2016), Balestier Khalsa (2014, 2017), Warriors FC (2018-2019)
A versatile and reliable defender who can play anywhere across the back line, Tajeli’s move to the Sailors in 2020 came on the back of a successful campaign the previous year, where he helped Warriors FC to the final of the Singapore Cup. This led to the former National Football Academy Under-18 captain being called up to fill one of the two overaged player slots for Singapore at the 2019 SEA Games. Now entering the peak years of his career, Tajeli, who previously also played for the Young Lions and Balestier Khalsa, will be looking to cement his status as one of the most dependable players in the team.
An experienced professional who has played in top leagues across the globe throughout his career, including the Brazil Serie A and the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Jorge was brought in to add steel and experience to the Sailors’ backline. Calm and assured under pressure, the towering-centre-back also has the passing range to help ensure that the team is able to continue along coach Aurelio Vidmar’s philosophy of playing out from the back.
DOB/Age: 13 January 1996 (25)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2016-2017), Tampines Rovers (2018-2020)
Long regarded as one of Singapore’s brightest young defenders, Adli made his National Team debut at the tender age of 18 – a mark of how highly regarded the centre-back is in the local football fraternity. Adli has since gone from strength to strength, and has rightly earned himself a reputation in the SPL as a tough tackler and an excellent reader of the game. His versatility also means he can also play in midfield for the Sailors, although his preferred position has always been in the heart of defence.
DOB/Age: 9 July 1991 (29)
Previous Clubs: Balestier Khalsa (2010), Hougang United (2011), Young Lions (2012), LionsXII (2013-
2014), Tampines Rovers (2015), Home United (2016-2019)
A tenacious tackler who started his career as a defensive midfielder, Aqhari has since found his feet on the right side of defence in recent years, with his incredible stamina allowing him to cover a lot of ground on the flank. Part of the LionsXII squad that won the 2013 Malaysia Super League, Aqhari joined Home United in 2016, where he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. A committed and dedicated player, Aqhari’s professionalism and experience makes him an invaluable asset to the Sailors both on and off the pitch.
DOB/Age: 12 January 1997 (23)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2018-2019)
An energetic player and a good crosser of the ball, Naqiuddin was started out as a winger, but has since been converted to a full-back for the Sailors. Having made his professional bow in 2018, Naqiuddin has since improved leaps and bounds, and featured in 18 SPL games for his previous club, the Young Lions, in the 2019 season, where he caught the eye with his lively and tenacious displays. That earned him the move to the Sailors in 2020, where he will look to improve even more as he continues his rise to the top.
Nur Adam Abdullah
DOB/Age: 13 April 2001 (20)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2019-2020)
A modern full-back who is as capable of supporting the attack as he is at defending, Nur Adam is among one of Singapore’s most exciting youth prospects. While the 2018 Dollah Kassim award winner’s talent has never been in doubt, it is Nur Adam’s excellent mental strength and will to succeed that sets him apart from his peers. Now with the Sailors, Nur Adam will be eager to prove himself on a bigger stage as he looks to develop into a bona fide football star.
DOB/Age: 9 May 1988 (32)
Previous Clubs: Tampines Rovers (2006-2008, 2010-2011, 2013-2014, 2016-2017, 2019), Home United (2009-2010), Young Lions (2011), LionsXII (2012, 2015), Melaka United (2018)
A set-piece specialist who is capable of delivering dead balls with pinpoint accuracy, the experienced Shahdan is undoubtedly one of the most technically-gifted midfielders in Singapore in the last decade. Signing for the Sailors after a standout 2019 season with Tampines Rovers, where he won the Singapore Cup and earned himself a nomination for the SPL Player of the Year award, Shahdan is a well-respected member of the squad who is valued for his creativity and passing ability, and his presence will surely help to push the Sailors to greater heights.
Diego might carry the expectations of being the Singapore Premier League’s first-ever multi-million dollar signing, but he certainly has the ability to back it up. Having come through the Benfica youth system, Diego went on to establish himself in the Portuguese league as a goalscoring midfielder with superb technical ability and an eye for a killer pass. His creativity and goal threat from the middle of the park will help to raise the Sailors’ game to the next level.
DOB/Age: 22 August 1988 (32)
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 is capable of outpacing almost any defender in the league, and has forged himself a reputation as a dangerous and tricky winger. Despite making his professional debut at the belated age of 21, Hafiz has already become a fixture in the Singapore national team. Hafiz enjoyed his best season to date in 2019, where he scored nine goals in all competitions at club level for Home United. Hafiz’s devastating pace on the flanks makes him a perfect fit for the high-tempo, attacking style football that the Sailors aspire to.
Nationality: South Korean
DOB/Age: 8 November 1993 (27)
Previous Clubs: Home United (2012-2019)
Known for his high work rate and superb technical abilities, Song has come a long way since his arrival in Singapore eight years ago. Having overcome the initial language barrier, the South Korean has since become one of the most accomplished midfielders in the SPL. His knack for scoring was also evident in 2018, as he plundered 20 goals to help Home United finish as ASEAN Zonal champions in the AFC Cup. An integral part of the Sailors, Song’s performances on the pitch will be key to helping the club achieve further success.
As one of Singapore’s most successful footballers of all time, Hariss is a household name who was brought in to be the engine of the Sailors squad. The all-conquering midfielder joined the Sailors in 2021 after a successful eight-year spell at Malaysia Super League (MSL) side Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), where he led them to six league titles, as well as to a historic AFC Cup victory in 2015. A natural leader, the Lions skipper will be tasked with guiding the exciting young talents at the club, as he looks to usher in a new era of success for the Sailors.
DOB/Age: 17 February 1998 (23)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2016), Hougang United (2017-2020)
A hardworking and tenacious midfielder, Justin first burst onto the local football scene in 2017 when he captained Meridian Junior College to the Schools National A Division boys’ football title. Justin has come on leaps and bounds since then, distinguishing himself in the SPL as a versatile utility player. Dedicated and passionate about the game, Justin will be looking to fulfil his undoubted potential with the Sailors under the guidance of coach Aurelio Vidmar.
DOB/Age: 31 January 1999 (21)
Previous Clubs: Tampines Rovers (2016), Young Lions (2018-2019)
Technically gifted and creative, Saifullah has the potential to be a mainstay in the Singapore national team. Making his SPL debut with Tampines Rovers in 2016, Saifullah was offered a contract by Spanish fourth-tier side Tenerife B after a successful trial, but he opted against the move for developmental reasons. It proved the right choice, as Saifullah blossomed and enjoyed an excellent 2019 with the Young Lions. This earned him a move to the Sailors, where he will now be hoping to carry on his progress as a player, while also helping the club achieve success on the pitch.
DOB/Age: 22 December 1990 (30)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2008-2011), LionsXII (2012-2015), Geylang International (2016-2017), Navy FC (2018), Warriors FC (2019)
A fleet-footed winger with excellent dribbling skills, Gabriel’s knack of cutting in from the right to score with his left foot makes him one of the most dangerous attackers in the SPL. A recognisable face in the local football scene, and a regular in the Singapore national team, Gabriel was a key part of the LionsXII squads that won the Malaysia Super League and Malaysia FA Cup in 2013 and 2015 respectively. With more than a decade of experience in professional football under his belt, Gabriel is the ideal role model for the younger Sailors attackers, both on and off the pitch.
DOB/Age: 29 November 1998 (21)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2017-2019)
An electric winger who can operate as an inside forward, Haiqal is one of the rare footballers who is equally comfortable with using either foot. While he suffered a major injury in 2016, Haiqal’s determination to succeed in the game saw him overcome the setback, and he subsequently made his SPL debut for the Young Lions in 2017. His natural talent helped him become a first-team regular for Young Lions, and he was even called up to represent Singapore at the 2019 SEA Games. Haiqal joined the Sailors in 2020, where he will now be hoping to push on further in his career.
Aizal Murhamdani Bin Ahmad
DOB/Age: 26 March 2001 (20)
Previous clubs: Nil
Much is expected of Aizal after making the step up into the Sailors first-team squad in 2021. An attacking midfielder by trade, Aizal packs power, sublime close control, and vision all in one package, making him a handful for any defender.
DOB/Age: 31 August 1989 (31)
Previous Clubs: Nk Solin (2008-2011), HNK Sibenik (2011), NK Dugopolje (2012), FK Rabotnički (2012-2013), FC Gifu (2013-2014), V-Varen Nagasaki (2014-2015), NK Dugopolje (2015), Hougang United (2016; 2019-2020), Home United (2017), Bangkok glass (2018), Nk Solin (2018-2019)
A clinical finisher with an uncanny ability to be at the right place, at the right time, Stipe joined the Sailors from Hougang United in the second half of 2020 to add firepower to the forward line that he has been tasked to lead. The Croatian is clearly equipped for the task: He has already amassed a whopping 54 goals in 70 Singapore Premier League appearances during two separate stints in the country. Stipe is no stranger to the Bishan Stadium having played for Home United in a stellar 2017 season that saw him score 37 goals and notch 14 assists, with the forward hoping to pick up where he left off.
DOB/Age: 8 January 1997 (23)
Previous Clubs: Home United (2017-2019)
A hardworking forward who offers a physical presence up top, Amiruldin has the ability to not only score, but also bring his team-mates into the game with his hold-up play. The son of former national striker Nordin Khalil, Amiruldin netted 16 goals to finish top scorer of the 2016 Prime League season. He went on to star for Singapore at the 2017 SEA Games, where he scored a memorable long-range strike against hosts Malaysia. Amiruldin will be looking to impress for the Sailors, as he works towards becoming a top striker for both club and country.
DOB/Age: 24 August 1992 (29)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2010-2012, 2014), LionsXII (2013-2014, 2015), Home United (2016-2017), PKNS FC (2018), Hougang United (2019), Terengganu FA (2020)
Having established himself as one of Singapore’s fastest and trickiest wingers, Faris is a household name who adds speed, creativity and goals to the Sailors. An integral part of the LionsXII side that won the Malaysian Super League (MSL) in 2013 and the Malaysia FA Cup in 2015, Faris is no stranger to the demands of playing for a title-chasing team, and his experience will undoubtedly prove invaluable to the Sailors in our quest for honours.