The Lioness of SG

Women’s football in Singapore has become more popular since the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) took women’s football under its wing in 2000. The rapidly growing interest for this sport holds great promise for the future of women’s football in Singapore. We always hear about the Lions XII and tend to forget about our girls… We’d like to call them the Lioness of SG! They’re young (with an average age of 23), feisty, full of energy and extremely passionate about the game. Although their male counterparts have achieved some commendable results during 2013 Malaysia Super League by emerging as champions, the Singapore Women’s Football Team has yet to show our little red dot what they’ve got.

Boys, be jealous, because you should! We were lucky to be able to get an opportunity to spend an evening with these girls before their training. It would be silly of us to just feature 1 of them so we decided to feature the entire Singapore Women’s Football Team! Find out what inspired them to play football, what are their dreams are and which team they are supporting for this year’s World Cup in this post.


 Siti Wan Nabilah

Siti Wan Nabilah, 21, NUS Student

Played since 2010

Position: Midfielder

Neighbourhood: Choa Chu Kang

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  BRAZIL!

What inspired you to play football?

The hype of the English Premier League, Champions League and World Cup gives. One of the main reasons why I play football is my dad. He used to play football too!

I hate it when people say women footballers… are incomparable to men physically and technically because it is obvious that they are born superior in strength but that does not mean women players cannot “match up”!

What do you usually do when you are off the pitch?

I prefer to spending time indoors reading.

What is your dream?

To be able to work and support my family. I don’t think dreaming about football is realistic here in Singapore unless rapid progression is made to the football here.


Priscilla Tan

Priscilla Tan, 20, NTU Student

Played since 2009

Position: Centre Mid / Centre Back

Neighbourhood: Tampines

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  Germany

What inspired you to play football?

I started playing football leisurely at a young age. My dad used to carry me to watch football on TV at home. I really love and have a great passion for the beautiful game. Playing competitively gives me an adrenaline rush that I love.

I hate it when people say women footballers… cannot play football or over react when they know you’re a footballer or when they like to show off in front of females. Makes me mad because it is unfair and their bad judgement for generalising. 

What do you usually do when you are off the pitch?

I play the Electone and love cafe hopping! Apart from that, I also coach young kids at a football academy.

What is your dream?

I want to play football for as long as I can to the best of my abilities at the highest level of football. Outside of football, I am completing my Sports Science & Management degree in 2016 and hope to further my studies before contributing to the Sports industry.


Pamela Kong

Pamela Kong, 23, NUS Student

Played since 2008

Position: Goal Keeper

Neighbourhood: Boon Keng

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  Germany

What inspired you to play football?

I started playing football as my CCA in Junior College (JC) and always watch football with my father on TV. Gradually, my love for the game grew.

I hate it when people say women footballers… are incompetent because they make passing remarks without really seeing us play and they don’t seem to be serious when it comes to women’s football.

What do you usually do when you are off the pitch?

Watch movies, Korean dramas and variety shows, listen to K-pop and laze around at home.

What is your dream?

I hope to continue to train and play for the National Team and train the juniors from my JC.


Nurul KhairiahNurul Khairiah Binte Azhar, 18, Temasek Poly Student

Played since 2008

Position: Centre Midfield

Neighbourhood: Changi

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  Spain

What inspired you to play football?

I was inspired by my primary school classmates.

I hate it when people say women footballers… are weak because we are much more than that!

What do you usually do when you are off the pitch?

Watch movies, study and spend time with my family

What is your dream?

To be a pilot!

 

 


Nurjannah Jamalludin

Nur Aniqah, 23, International Sports Academy

Played since 2005

Position: Defender

Neighbourhood: Ang Mo Kio

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  Spain

What inspired you to play football?

My secondary school mates wanted me to join the soccer team but I started to play/kick around with my family & neighbourhood. From then on, soccer became my passion and I can’t stop playing until now.

I hate it when people say women footballers… are not as important because they think that there is no future for women’s football. All I want is locals to support women football.

What do you usually do when you are off the pitch?

I like to draw and sing. When I am stressed, I will pick up my guitar to play and sing with my friends and family. I also love shopping and hanging out with my colleagues. I currently work part-time at Starbucks to support myself and my family

What is your dream?

My dream is to play in the World Cup and SEA games. I hope people can support our women team and hope to get a good result for the upcoming AFF tournament.


Lim Li XianLim Li Xian, 17, Victoria Junior College Student

Played since 2004

Position: Midfielder

Neighbourhood: Serangoon

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  Spain

What inspired you to play football?

My brothers inspired me to play football. When I was younger, I would follow them.

I hate it when people say women footballers… aren’t good because we are underestimated by others.

What do you usually do when you are off the pitch?

Playing basketball, watching TV shows, study and spend time with my family and friends.

What is your dream?

My dream is to be happy.

 


Kalishna Veany

Kalishna Veany D/O Elango, 19, International Sports Academy

Played since 2005

Position: Right Wing/Forward

Neighbourhood: Woodlands

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  Spain! “El Nino!”

What inspired you to play football?

In 2005, I watched the FA cup finals between Arsenal and Manchester United. I found the game really interesting. From then on I started playing football with my neighbours and started improving and developed a passion for the game. I am a diehard Arsenal fan and have been a fan since I was 9.

I hate it when people say women footballers… are not important because people give more attention to the men’s team and often forget about the women’s team. I feel that they do not have faith in the women’s team.

Tell us more about you:

I am a very friendly and ambitious person. I like to dream and achieve my goals. If I am doing something I like, I will give my 101%. When I am off the pitch, I can be found watching football, listening to music, watching movies or spending time with my loved ones.

What is your dream?

My dream is to play for the Arsenal women’s team and also play for the Singapore National Team in the new sports hub with full attendance. I wish to be a physiotherapist in the future.


Ho Hui Xin

Ho Hui Xin, 22, NUS Student

Played since 2009

Position: Midfielder

Neighbourhood: Aljunied

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  Spain

What inspired you to play football?

I started playing football in secondary school during recess. After that I continued playing football in VJC. That was where I first started proper training. I like the whole idea of playing in a team sport and how decisions affect the team as a whole.

I hate it when people say women footballers… do not have a future in the sport compared to men because it is blatant discrimination against women and women footballers should not be disregarded just because many see football as a masculine sport.

What do you usually do when you are off the pitch?

I like to watch the TV and spend my free time reading and watching videos on YouTube. I also coach young kids on weekends.

What is your dream?

I hope to represent Singapore in at least 1 international competition.


Fatin

Fatin, 19, Student

Played since 2011

Position: Centre Midfielder

Neighbourhood: Tampines

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  Spain

What inspired you to play football?

My father. He used to play football and watching him gave me the inspiration to play.

I hate it when people say women footballers… weak because nothing is impossible!

Tell us more about you?

I love food and love to slack and do absolutely nothing.

What is your dream?

Make my parents proud and become a doctor to find a cure for AIDS, MIV, Cancer.

 

 


Deborah Chin

Deborah Chin, 26, Assistant Manager

Played since 2009

Position: Right Wing Back

Neighbourhood: Bukit Batok

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  Germany and Argentina

What inspired you to play football?

I’ve always loved football just never really got the chance to play. My father is a big Liverpool fan and I caught on that as well. When I was in Junior College playing football during PE, my teacher spotted me and asked me to join the team. That’s where it all began.

I hate it when people say women footballers… are lousy and manly and unattractive because that is not true. We are just not given the opportunity to prove ourselves.

What do you usually do when you are off the pitch?

I love music and am a huge fan of Liverpool. On weekends, I coach at the JSSL Arsenal Soccer Academy.

What is your dream?

My dream is to earn lots of money so I can travel the world and live life to the fullest!


Chris Yip-Au

Chris Yip-Au, 20, NTU Student

Played since 2008

Position: Midfield/Striker

Neighbourhood: Hougang

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  Spain

What inspired you to play football?

Nothing really inspired me to play football. I joined soccer in secondary school because I needed a CCA. However, the more I play and got involved (like watching football videos on youtube), I started to fall in love with football.

I hate it when people say women footballers… are lousy because they make that comment without even seeing us play. This probably cost us funding and sponsorship opportunities.

What do you usually do when you are off the pitch?

I like to read, sleep, watch videos on YouTube, dream and watch movies. I am a social media addict. This holiday, I’d like to take photos and plan to explore Holga cameras as well as stop motion animation.

What is your dream?

Be a boss. I want to be in control of the time I have.


Beatrice Tan

Beatrice Tan, 21, NTU Student

Played since 2008

Position: Goal Keeper

Neighbourhood: Potong Pasir

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  Japan

What inspired you to play football?

It all started with watching football with my father and elder brother. They were the ones who introduced me to football. Almost every weekend, my family will come together to watch a match together.

I hate it when people say women footballers… are lousy, no skill or cannot kick the ball because they are sexist & ignorant and never watched a proper female football match before they judge.

What do you usually do when you are off the pitch?

Immense myself in Arts & Craft. I like to sew!

What is your dream?

To be able to contribute and give back to the women’s football community.


Angelyn Pang

Angelyn Pang, 23, NUS Student

Played since 2008

Position: Defender

Neighbourhood: Tampines

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  Netherlands

What inspired you to play football?

Initially footbal was just a CCA I settled for but I was inspired to continue playing by my team mates because it felt great when you know there’s another 10 people fighting together with you on the pitch.

I hate it when people say women footballers… are a joke, lousy and not as good as guys. It is not true and it is amazing how far women have come in this male dominated sport.

What do you usually do when you are off the pitch?

I’m a recent graduate in psychology aiming to work with kids and youths. Outside of the pitch, I work in a soccer academy and love music (singing, playing instruments).

What is your dream?

I aspire to contribute to the women’s football scene in Singapore as I think there is a lot of potential here.


Cheryl Chan

Cheryl Chan, 20, Student

Played since 2004

Position: Defender

Neighbourhood: Hougang

2014 World Cup Team she is rooting for:  Germany

What inspired you to play football?

I was influenced by friends and family and inspired by the passion of professional footballers.

I hate it when people say women footballers… incompetent and are always losing matches becuase we actually work and train very hard.

What do you usually do when you are off the pitch?

I would watch TV serials and hang out with friends. My weekends are usually spent watching the English Premier League.

What is your dream?

To continue to play competitive football as long as possible.

 


 

Give the Lioness of SG your support! Catch them in action at their upcoming games and be part of the roaring crowd! For the updated schedules of their games, click here to find out!

 

 

 

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