Mendy hopes goals can fire Home to title

Frederic Mendy is hoping his goals can help Home United to the Great Eastern-YEO's S.League title this season.

Three goals for the Frenchman!

By Gabriel Tan

The French striker is currently the top scorer in the league with 11 goals to his name after the first round of the campaign, and has helped the Protectors to second place on the table, where they currently lie five points behind leaders DPMM FC.

So far, Home have lived up to pre-season expectations of them being serious title contenders and one of their biggest strengths has been their fearsome attack which consists of Mendy, Shotaro Ihata, Qiu Li and Indra Sahdan Daud.

Should the Protectors attacking quartet manage to continue their rampant form in the second round of the season, it would not only give Home every chance of winning their first S.League title since 2003, but should also see Mendy come close to repeating Golden Boot exploits of 2010 when he was still playing for Etoile, although he insists the team comes first for him.

"I'll be happy if I finish the season as the top scorer but it's still too early to say," Mendy told ESPNSTAR.com in an exclusive interview. "We still have 12 more games to play.

"However, I want to score goals to help the team, not for myself.

"It would be better if we were first, but I'm still happy we're second at the halfway stage. The season is not yet over, we have 12 games to play again."

Mendy did admit he was thoroughly enjoying playing alongside his talented team-mates, and believes the title remains a very realistic target for the Protectors.

"Our attack is definitely one of the strongest areas of the team," he added. "I have a good feeling with Ihata and Qiu Li, we're always communicating where we want the ball.

"I have a good understanding with all the attackers, Indra as well, who is a very experienced player.

"Of course we are confident we'll be able to win the title. For me, all the top five sides have a good chance.

"Balestier [Khalsa] have been very good this season, DPMM, Harimau Muda and Tampines [Rovers] and Home - all these teams have a chance to win the S.League this year."

This Sunday, Home get their campaign back underway against one such challenger in Balestier, a team that has performed above all expectations this season and held the Protectors to a 0-0 draw at the start of the season.

While Mendy admits it is likely to be a tough game against Darren Stewart's Tigers, he is relishing the challenge of trying to find a way past the league's best defence.

"Balestier have a strong defence and the field at Toa Payoh Stadium is quite small - there isn't much space for us to play," he explained. "But we remain confident we can get a result there.

"It will definitely be an interesting game, the second-best attack against the best defence. It will be a good challenge for us."

Following the game against Balestier, Lee Lim-saeng's charges take on Gombak United next week.



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