S.League Player to Watch: Week 7

After losses in their opening two games of the 2012 Great Eastern-YEO's S.League campaign, SAFFC have picked up seven points in their last three matches.

Fazrul adds another for the Warriors.

In what was arguably the toughest start amongst all the S.League teams, the Warriors opened their season against Albirex Niigata and DPMM FC and fell to 3-2 and 2-1 defeats respectively.

The turning point for the Warriors came at the start of March when they face derby rivals Home United in a crucial clash at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

With his side 2-0 down, SAFFC coach Richard Bok threw on Fazrul Nawaz, who had been rested after only just returning from international duty with Singapore, in the 69th minute.

Minutes after taking to the field, the pacy striker pulled one back when he was left unmarked in the Home penalty box, firing past Lionel Lewis after Mislav Karoglan found him with a neat ball.

Their joy was shortlived however as their opponents pushed forward and immediately restored their two-goal advantage through Qiu Li, but Tatsuro Inui hit back for the Warriors in the 84th minute with a sublime freekick, setting up a grandstand finish at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

And with three minutes left on the clock, Fazrul proved Bok was right to bring him on when he raced onto Karoglan's incisive through-ball and calmly slotted past Lewis to steal a point for SAFFC.

The week after, the 26-year-old grabbed another goal in his side's 4-3 win over Courts Young Lions, although he was kept fairly quiet last Friday as the Warriors continued their resurgence by beating Tanjong Pagar United 3-1.

This Sunday, SAFFC face a tough test when they entertain high-flying Harimau Muda, who remain unbeaten this season and have conceded just two goals so far.

Fazrul has formed one of the league's deadliest partnerships with Bosnian team-mate Karoglan, although they will come up against stiff opposition at the weekend when they come up against Fadhli Shas and Amer Saidin.

And the duel between SAFFC's pacy, intelligent attack and Harimau Muda's resolute defence could just decide which way Sunday's tie goes.



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