The Cactus Correspondent
Singapore Vipers Football Club do not hold any grudges against former Vipers Evolution players Sharil Rahaman and Yazid Mahamudin for leaving the club during a tumultuous period last season, said a senior club official.
Shot stopper Yazid is realistic about his chances
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Midfielder Sharil, better known as ‘Baby’, and goalkeeper Yazid left the club under different circumstances over the past twelve months but both had indicated a strong desire to return to Vipers, and reportedly held a heart to heart chat with club chief John in the past week.
‘Baby’, in particular, was part of the Newton Heath IWL outfit that ousted Vipers from second spot to claim NFL division 3 status last month but was quoted as saying that he still has “strong feelings for Vipers” given his two-year association with the club before his departure.
Claiming that whatever has been discussed between him and the players will remain private, player-manager John admitted he is pleased to see Sharil and Yazid again after a lengthy period of time but stressed that no preferential treatment will be given to them, as his expectations of all his players are the same, and they will have to prove their worth to break into the club’s first team.
“Yes, we take our football seriously but as someone rightly pointed out, there is still a social and a human element to this. I would be lying to say that everything has been plain sailing at Vipers these past three years,” he quipped. “We have had our fair share of lows to go with the highs but as amateur footballers all of us just want to enjoy our own football wherever it may be.”
Sharil and Yazid both made their returns last weekend in the EFL match against Hibernians United and did not look far off their old selves, despite being unable to prevent the Vipers from slipping to a third league defeat in the EFL this season.