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FIOFAFI FC on SUNDAY sacked coach RAJIV just 90 min into his first appearance as the team struggle for form in the friendly match.

“The only news is, we’ve decided to part ways amicably, and Rajiv will now stop working for Fiofafi FC, that’s all I can say at the moment,” said club mascot Boris.

Rajiv was given the position in January after Fiofafi promising start to their weekly activities but the team, beset by injuries and last minute absentees, failed to perform in the Friendly match.

But some players thought otherwise, ” We believe in Rajiv decisions and we think he should be given another chance, the game started at 5pm but Rajiv came at 5.30pm and that is still considered early based on INDIAN timing ” club player Rajseran said.

Fiofafi led 2-0 with the goals from Clement and Boris. Rajseran was involved in both goals with his tricky pass and the team were doing all ok .But with the rolling substitution in placed , the game somehow changed and the subsequently the opponents took control of the midfield and came back 2-2 before the half time whistle.

The winner came very early in the second half, and although our opponents dominated the rest of the half, we did not concede any more goals, largely due to Kumar and Gilbert being solid in the centre of defence, and Sze Kuan’s reliable handling. And you had a decent spell at right back in the second half. We also created a couple of decent chances later in the second half but could not finish them off.

“We had to try all players for this friendly match and decide who and which position they play best ” said the team Captain Andy M . Rumours were out that there could be another Return Leg for this match.

Rajiv is tipped to be replaced by former England coach Steve McClaren.

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  1. rajiv
    Sun 18 January 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I had originally posted this at 10.49 am, stating:

    [Admin note: Reza’s report and hopefully some photos will appear here soon. In the meantime, if anyone who played has any comments, you can start adding them below.]

    Rajseran’s report above first appeared as a comment. I replied at 1.02 pm as follows:

    Rajseran, you forgot to mention that the winner came very early in the second half, and although our opponents dominated the rest of the half, we did not concede any more goals, largely due to Kumar and Gilbert being solid in the centre of defence, and Sze Kuan’s reliable handling. And you had a decent spell at right back in the second half. We also created a couple of decent chances later in the second half but could not finish them off.

    Now there’s nothing left for Reza to report on – just the photos I suppose.

    If you open a WordPress account Rajseran, I can add you as author so that posts can be added in your name.

    Rajseran responded at 1.51 pm as follows:

    Hi Rajiv

    Will do and sent you the details once i get registered. Thanks 🙂

    He has, so I’ve replaced the original post with his report. Rajseran, you should be able to edit the post from your dashboard. Change the title if you like.

    Reza, if you have photos from yesterday, you can put them up as a separate post.

  2. rajiv
    Sun 18 January 2009 at 4:54 pm

    A bit more information:

    • We had a squad of 18: Andy M, Gilbert, Franco, Reza, Bobby, Rajseran, Murray, Yuchi, Boris, Bret, Sze Kuan, Sam (first half only), Benjamin, Tim C, Nick, Clement, John S, Kumar.

    • Sze Kuan was in goal for the whole game. Everyone else had a fair amount of time on the pitch.

    On this occasion, the game was open to all. Places in future 11-a-side squads may be on merit. Whoever organizes the game can be team selector.

  3. Nick
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 9:13 am

    Great game, great fun, sorry I had to leave early had kids to put to bed. In future I may only be able to play the first half if we start at 5 as the late drive home with two screaming tired kids was too painful to repeat.

    Thanks Steve, Andy and Rajiv for organising and arranging, hope there are many more in the future.

    Thanks to the ref as well. Who’d want to be a ref these days.

    Nick 🙂

  4. Reza
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 11:28 am

    I was going to add a poll asking how frequently people wanted to play 11 a-side. Obviously playing every week isnt sustainable, but it would be interesting to see how many people want to play every month, two months or ever again!

    As for the game, I think our weakness was that a fair few of us (including myself) aren’t really used to playing 11 a-side and struggled to stick to our positions/duties. This will undoubtedly get better the more we play but we will have to improve our communicating on the pitch and those who are more experienced at 11 a-side being more vocal.

    On reflection, a 4-5-1 formation might have been better.

  5. rajseran
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 11:38 am

    I think we might have a rematch with them again somewhere next month . 4-5-1 formation looks good but we need midfielders who can run to support the striker and cover back their position cause what happened was that when we were leading 2-0 , the position changed to 4-2-4 and ended up they took control of the midfields.

    If we would have stick to 4-4-2 and covered our position , we would probably have won the game . But anyway we need to play couple of this matches before we can start playing with better communication.

  6. rajiv
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 11:52 am

    We could have an 11-a-side game quarterly, bi-monthly or even monthly if there is sufficient interest.

    My only concern is that injuries picked up at the 11-a-side game take players (Rajseran and Kumar this time) out of the regular session, but it’s a matter of personal choice, and shouldn’t be a problem with a sufficiently large pool of people.

    I’m not too keen to be organizing 11-a-side games on top of the regular sessions as I have enough on my plate, but anyone, especially those who have been added as authors, are always welcome to try to put together a team through the blog, and to play in the name of FIOFAFI.

    Reza, feel free to add a separate post with the poll you had in mind. You could add any photos you have, and any other comments you’d like to add.

  7. Manuel
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 11:53 am

    @ Reza/ Jiv and Whoever 😛

    i can volunteer an 11 a side game in Feb against a church team that i play with.

    Church Team = For fun… So potentially would be about the same standard i am thinking..

    The team plays Saturday Afternoons from 3-5 PM, at a school in Tampines (Grass Pitch). So if you are keen, let me know and i’ll inform them. We just need to share the cost of a Referee and maybe Pitch. Would not cost too much i am sure.


  8. Andy M
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 11:54 am

    The team we played enjoyed the game. They thought we were not to bad and said that as we only usually play Futsal they expect us to improve as we play more and get used to positions and passing more than dribbling!

    They have a free slot on the 24th of February, they have asked if we would like to play again. We need to confirm later this week so they can confirm the pitch and not look for other opposition.

    The view on Saturday was that people wanted to play again but now everyone has had a day to recover & reflect do we want to play again. Would be same time & place.

    Yuchi also can get us a pitch at SAFRA so we may be able to play an 11-aside game amongst ourselves. If this was the case we could just play for 1 hour like a big futsal game!

    Rezza poll would be an excellent idea maybe we can add it?

  9. Manuel
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 11:58 am

    Andy… Maybe you can come play with the church team… but our time slot is 3-5 PM!
    And eh… i am supposing your team is not a ‘Win at All Cost team” Yipes..

  10. rajseran
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I Believe we might be able to have enough players for 24th Feb slot . Need to create another thread with poll on that .

  11. rajiv
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 12:00 pm

    The church team might be slightly easier opponents. We might want to save our re-match against Saturday’s opponent until we’ve had a few more matches under our belt. We’ll want to beat them next time, won’t we?

    But again, whoever gets in first with the arrangements ….

  12. Manuel
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 12:02 pm

    i am sure the church team is easier opponents.. if i play for the chruch, it must go to show the church team is lousy one la… Ke Ke Ke Ke

  13. Manuel
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Sorry.. which weekend? 24 Feb? Tahts a Tuesday… Andy, do you mean 28 Feb?

  14. Andy M
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Manuel they are indeed not a win at all costs, average age is 35 and they don;t play in a league because thjey don’t want it to start getting to competitive. I can pass on the details etc. and i’m sure they could play one week.

    I’m not sure about easier, i have played against so very good church teams!

  15. Manuel
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Ha Ha. Andy…. why dont we take this offline if you wish to play 28 Feb? Trust me.. the church team i play for has more of a fun tune to it.

    Dates wise, i am assuming it is 28 Feb seeing that the initial date you proposed 24 Feb was a Tues?

    We have a pitch.. we just need to get the referee. Hows that sound?
    Contact details wise.. i think we need Jiv to release it to you as we normally not encouraged to openly post details here.

    FIOFAFI wise… i am sure that the church team can accomodate another friedly in the month of Feb.. Jsut pick a date… Feb 14?

  16. rajseran
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Andy

    Can you confirm on the date again so that we can post that seperately. Thanks

  17. Manuel (Mark L)
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Raj- If you like, Church team on 14 Feb 3-5 PM, Tampines. See if you can firm up 11 players min.

  18. rajiv
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Mark, why don’t your church team play Andy’s team next month. We’ll play the winner (or loser!) the following month?

    Like I said, I’m not too keen on organizing 11-a-side games, but I can add you as an author, so that you can organize it through the blog. Of course, you’d then have to play for the FIOFAFI team against your church team 🙂 .

    We get invitations for 11-a-side games from time to time. Like I said, if the pool of people is large enough, we can have an 11-a-side game up to once a month even.

  19. Manuel (Mark L)
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 12:33 pm

    😛 Hee Hee Hee. i am fine either way. For the chruch team, which is where i am committed to for Sats.. i figured any number of friendly 11 a side is nice for them. If not, we just do a kick about anyway… 😛

  20. melvinl
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 12:59 pm

    “…the game started at 5pm but Rajiv came at 5.30pm…”

    I think it is totally unacceptable for the team to be playing without a coach. Rajiv must have been busy watching the FIOFAFI ladies team. What can be more important than FIOFAFI,…the Olympics?? We should force his resignation from FIOFAFI by offering him a new contract that is an insult to his intelligence. He can then go coach in India.

  21. rajiv
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Since it’s become an issue 😉 , I had SMSed Andy M to say I’d be there closer to 5 pm. I was there before 5 pm. Unfortunately, the entrance to the field was at the opposite side (on Pasir Ris Drive 1), instead of on Street 71.

    A few of us faced that problem and were late. In between, I had to field several SMSs asking for directions. Providing Andy M’s mobile/handphone number in Friday’s Update didn’t seem to have sunk in.

    By the time I walked round, it was 5 pm. The game hadn’t started by 5.15 pm, so I walked back to the car to move it round. I got back to the pitch about 5.30 pm.

    In all the arrangements for the match, one important piece of information that was missing was that the entrance to the field was on Drive 1. Since I hadn’t been there before, I couldn’t have been expected to know.

  22. rajseran
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 1:54 pm


    RAJIV the ex manager for FIOFAFI FC has came out of his hiding and hit back on the poor arrangement of the game .

    The BBC Sports News has interviewed him this afternoon and this is what he has to say ‘I was there before 5 pm. Unfortunately, the entrance to the field was at the opposite side (on Pasir Ris Drive 1), instead of on Street 71’ .

    FIOFAFI is investigating with the venue’s management on FOUL PLAY and might asked for a rematch and not counting the final score where FIOFAFI went down 3-2 . RAJIV might still be able to save his job ,coming on only 90mins as a manager to the club.

    “Till he is proven not guilty , it will come down to the WORLD GUINESS BOOK for being the shortest period of time to manage a club and getting Sacked by the board on the 02nd minute after the Final Whistle ‘ said NICK -( another late comer ):).

    Its been Rumoured that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will be looking at buying FIOFAFI FC if he manages to sell CHELSEA .That means BORIS doesnt need to buy SHIN PADS and BOOTS if that happens.

  23. rajiv
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Excellent tabloid journalism Rajseran. Do you write for the New Paper?

  24. Murray
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I’d be up for more 11-a-side games and think it will definitely improve the 5-a-side games we play. The give and go style of football that is required rips any defense apart if played well and it will lead to a better awareness of your own and the position of others.

    I thought we had a good game overall on Saturday – it was a learning experience for a few of us who havent played in a while. A lot of minor criticisms after the game could be summarised constructively as:

    1. We need to keep better shape
    i) Defense push up while in attack
    ii) Midfield drop back while in defense
    iii) Use the flanks but dont hug them

    2. Be more vocal in
    i) Letting others know when you are on
    ii) Letting others know what is expected of them

    3. A bit more organisation for now, people had clear intentions for a few players who didnt play according to how they were envisaged – let everyone know beforehand what is expected of them in what role.

    4. Positional, forwards needed to be more aware of playing offside and holding the ball up, midfield especially in the centre need to come to the ball to pick it up rather than move and expect the ball. Wingers need to use the space in front of them and not necessarily cut inside.

    Having said all that i think we have a lot of potential as an 11-a-side team, the only thing we miss is an out and out striker with a bit of pace – but Clement and Raj worked together pretty well.

  25. rajiv
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I’d be more inclined to get involved in organizing regular 11-a-side games if they were between two FIOFAFI teams, say FIOFAFI1 v FIOFAFI2. We’d need a much larger pool of people though.

    In the meantime, like I said, anyone is welcome to organize a game against other groups. If some of the players from these other groups start to join our regular weekly sessions, then our pool may become large enough for us to have our own intra-FIOFAFI 11-a-side game.

  26. rajiv
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 2:51 pm

    One way to do an intra-FIOFAFI 11-a-side game is to get a pool of about 30 players. Two captains are appointed, and they take turns to select players, so that we have two squads of about 15 each.

    With smaller squads, we might also want to play shorter halves, say 30 to 35 minutes each.

  27. rajseran
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Rajiv

    sounds good and we might try the Tampines Safra venue since they are playing on turf too . Can you please start a new thread to arrange that . Thanks

  28. rajiv
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 3:12 pm

    A bit premature Rajseran. At present, I think we only have enough players for one squad, so we can either play Mark’s church team or have a re-match against Steve’s team in February. I’ll leave it to Mark or Andy to make the arrangements for either.

    If our pool grows, I’d look at an intra-FIOFAFI 11-a-side game in March or April.

    There has been a lot of interest in 11-a-side games since early last year, but this is only the third game we’ve managed to date. When it comes to the crux, interest doesn’t always translate into sufficient numbers of confirmed players.

  29. Franco
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 3:54 pm

    i would like to play the church team on the 14.02 in Tampines (SAFRA) and the “Steve Team” on 28.02. in Pasir Ris Drv1 (Meridian JC)

  30. yaseen
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Rajseran, i think its time you hang your boots.. you played one 11 a side game and you are out for the whole week.. the next game you play i think will take you 2 months to recuperate.. its best you polish your pipes.. oh i mean your smoking pipes.. that way at least i can see you for futsal and i am very eager to ask you a question when i see you ‘live’ in person 😉

  31. rajseran
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Bro actually i am not injured but its just that i have got this bad blisters and i am also using Slippers to work .

  32. Boris
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Some people have a lot of free time today..

  33. Manuel
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 4:14 pm

    @ Boris.. you meaning everyone who comes on the blog?

    FYI- The option to have the rematch with ‘Steve’s Team’ seems to be the viable option. Church team schedule is now full for Feb… 😦

  34. yaseen
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 4:19 pm

    alright.. joking only lah Raj.. take care and be back soon 🙂

  35. Franco
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 4:33 pm

    @ Raj…maybe thats the case that you use to often slippers..:)….I was running my socks of last saturday but no blister at all…or what would be even better….just use the good old “ADIDAS” Copa Mundial…is forever the best Shoe….:)

  36. Andy M
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I spokw with Mark, it seems they cannot play the other team at this time due to the time both teams need to play. Based on Manuel’s comments of the church team is now full for Feb. I suggest the following:

    21st February we play against James team at Meridian JC and we arrange a game against the church for March before they get booked up, maybe the 21st March so it is exactly 4 weeks.

    One totally unrelated question: Is Safra floodlit? If so we could play an evening of 11v11 for 1 hour maybe instead of a futsal game? Not saying we should do this all the time but maybe we could try it as a one off game, similar to the one off idea of mixed session. As it would only be a friendly game amongst ourselves we could play 12 v 12 and have everyone on at once. Would be just like futsal on steroids 🙂

  37. rajseran
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 4:42 pm

    This pair of boots i am using is pretty good actually, Its the NIKE 90 boots but guess have been playing to much of futsol and change of boots could lead to blisters if you dont use them for awhile .

  38. Kevin
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Andy. Yes, SAFRA is floodlit but the booking is in blocks to 2hrs, not 1hr, so we have to be committed to playing a full match.

  39. rajiv
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 4:45 pm

    The SAFRA pitch is floodlit. I pass it on the way to my mother-in-law’s place in Tampines.

    As for having an 11-a-side game on a week night, it’s a matter of getting enough people together on one occasion.

    We managed 19 last Wednesday, but that included one female player.

    It will be easier once we have a bigger pool of participants. In the meantime, Saturday’s work, so why fix it? 🙂 .

  40. rajseran
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Andy

    Can you start a new thread for the 21st Game . I am looking forward to that

    And YEs Tampines Safra is a Futsol pitch . We could also have a 11 aside among the FIOFAFI members . I think to get 22 players to play for 1 or 2 hours should not be a problem .

  41. rajiv
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 4:49 pm

    There are separate uncovered futsal pitches at SAFRA.

    The 11-a-side pitch is full-sized. To play 2 hours, we’d need at least a couple of substitutes per side, so that’s at least 26 players in all. With our existing pool of participants, I doubt we’d get that many for a Saturday Rajseran, let alone a weekday night.

  42. rajseran
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 4:52 pm

    What about fixing Weekday from 8 to 10 pm ?

  43. rajiv
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 5:03 pm

    There was a lot of enthusiasm for an 11-a-side after our first game in May last year, but when we tried to have a second game between June and August last year, we could barely muster 10.

    We have a bigger pool now, so 11-a-side games are more viable, especially at the weekend.

    The 9 pm start for futsal serves its purpose, and its what most of the 60 or so who have played more than once since 1 September 2008 look for. Don’t forget that of the 18 who turned up on Saturday, at least 2 of them don’t play regularly with us on weekdays.

    If there is to be an 11-a-side game on a weekday evening with our present pool of participants, it can be in addition to the existing sessions. Anyone is welcome to have a go at organizing it.

  44. Manuel
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 5:08 pm

    You all Ah… Cant you read that Jiv is telling you based on Stats, that we will not be able to have an internal 11 a Side for the time being? Hee Hee. You all keep wanting to push him to organise it… Tekan him ah.

  45. Boris
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 5:20 pm

    doesn’t ‘tekan’ mean press or push? lol..

  46. Reza
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I think the most natural way for us to grow into an 11-a-side would be to start play 8-a-side at FICO using a double pitch. It might be a bit too far for those who live on the East side but if you car/taxi pool, it might be possible!

  47. rajiv
    Mon 19 January 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Reza, the 7-a-side pitches are at Turf City, so not that far! However, availability is a bit of an issue at Turf City.

    Something to look into.

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