"Tampines favourites for Singapore Cup"

Tampines Rovers and SAFFC are just one match away from being crowned winners of the most prestigious cup competition in Singapore on Sunday.

Football News: SAFFC vs Tampines Rovers

For both clubs, it is not just a battle for the RHB Singapore Cup trophy, but also a match which will give fans bragging rights to be the most successful side in Singapore Cup history. Both clubs have each won the cup thrice.

But up against Tampines, who are currently in the running to win the Great Eastern-YEO's S.League as well, both Warriors representatives at Saturday afternoon's pre-match press conference, coach Richard Bok and captain Daniel Bennett, conceded that "Tampines are the favourites."

Stags coach Tay Peng Kee disagreed on the other hand, saying, "There are no favourites in the cup final because both sides are the top teams in Singapore. I hope it will be a competitive and exciting game; that's what I'm looking forward to."

"We will approach this game more cautiously because in the last game, their second goal was scored through a counter attack. We had to chase the game as a result. For this game we will tighten up the defence much more than the previous games," added Tay, when asked how he will set his team out on Sunday.

For Bok, the main focus will be concentration. Said the veteran, "We need to concentrate for the full 90 minutes. Defensively, we need to remember to defend all the way until the final whistle. One small mistake and you can get punished, so we really need to be focused throughout the game."

Bennett added, "We will be a lot more aggressive, because the cup is something we desperately want. It's 90 minutes and just one game, but there will be extra from the boys definitely."

Motivation will not be lacking for both sides, with the Stags chasing the double, while the Warriors will want to win the cup in a final swansong for Bok.

However, Tay indicated that his side are not thinking about the double as yet; instead they are putting their attention to the cup final for now. "We will take it one at a time, so we will look at the final tomorrow [Sunday] first and not worry about Harimau Muda until Sunday is over," said the former Singapore International.

Coincidentally, there are quite a few former Warriors in the Tampines ranks, with Duric the biggest name. Joining him are Ahmad Latiff, super-sub Jamil Ali, as well as Noh Alam Shah. On the other hand, Aliff Shafaein and Rezal Hassan are the ones who have made the switch from Tampines Rovers.

Empirical evidence shows that players tend to do well against their old clubs, therefore expect an electrifying finall between the top two clubs in Singapore. 

Match Details
RHB Singapore Cup 3rd/4th Placing Match
Who: Gombak United FC vs Loyola Meralco Sparks FC
Where: Jalan Besar Stadium
When: Sunday, 28 October 2012
Time: 5.00pm

RHB Singapore Cup Final
Who: SAFFC vs Tampines Rovers FC
Where: Jalan Besar Stadium
When: Sunday, 28 October 2012
Time: 7.45pm

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