Having gotten off to an excellent start to their 2024 Deloitte Women’s Premier League (WPL) campaign, the Lion City Sailors Women’s Team will be aiming to make it four wins in as many matches, when they take on eighth-placed Tanjong Pagar United at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Saturday (20 April) night. 

While the Sailors Women’s good form has been a result of collective team effort, forward Raeka Ee has undoubtedly emerged as the standout player for the reigning champions.

After all, she is the only player, along with Albirex Niigata’s Mulan Ayliffe, to have scored in each of their three WPL appearances so far. However, Raeka’s record of five goals currently puts her at the top of the scoring charts, with one more goal than Mulan to her name.

Given that this is Raeka’s debut season in the women’s top-flight, her prolific scoring form has come as a pleasant surprise, even to herself. Rather than resting on her laurels, however, the 20-year-old is determined to achieve even more in the Sailors’ upcoming WPL matches.

“The matches in the WPL are a lot more physical and technical, but it’s a challenge I’ve enjoyed stepping up to, and I’m working hard to continue this momentum,” said Raeka, who starred in the second-tier Women’s National League with Mattar Sailors last year.

“I can’t take all the credit for my goals – I believe it reflects more on the team’s collective’s effort and Coach Daniel’s (Ong) faith in all of us. He puts a lot of trust in the young players here, and we’re all empowered to achieve our maximum potential.”

Raeka’s relentlessness in honing her finishing skills, along with her eagerness to learn, are attributes that have impressed Sailors Head Coach Daniel.  

The 35-year-old revealed, “Raeka has been working hard – not just on her finishing, but also her movement and all-round play. Most importantly, she has such a positive learning attitude. She is always asking questions so that she can improve herself as a player.”

“So it’s no surprise that she’s been doing well so far, and I firmly believe she can go very far if she continues on this trajectory.” 

Unsurprisingly, with Raeka’s rising reputation comes heightened expectations and extra attention from opposing defenders to keep her out. Nonetheless, the resilient Raeka is unfazed and ready for tougher hurdles ahead – starting with this Saturday’s clash against the Jaguars.

“The extra attention from the opposition comes naturally if you perform well, but I’m ready to take on any challenge. My focus remains on refining my individual abilities and playing my part for the team,” she emphasised. 

“It may sound like a cliché, but I try to take it game-by-game. Whenever I get an opportunity to play, I’ll do my best and enjoy the game at the same time. It’s not about me, but the team – we’re all working towards the goal of retaining our WPL title.”