S.League champions Tampines hand reins to Salim

Reigning S.League champions Tampines Rovers have confirmed that ex-Woodlands Wellington boss Salim Moin will be their coach in 2014.

After months of speculation following the conclusion of the 2013 campaign, which saw the Stags win the league title for a third consecutive year, the club announced on their official website that Salim would be the successor to Tay Peng Kee, who took over the reins on an interim basis following the departure of Nenad Bacina midway through last season.

Salim, a former Singapore international, spent the last two seasons in charge of Woodlands and although he was unable to help them avoid finishing bottom in 2012, they made a stunning improvement this year and finished fifth in the 12-team competition.

The 52-year-old will be assisted by Rafi Ali, while his right-hand man at the Woodlands Stadium, Clement Teo, has followed him to Tampines to take over as team manager.

Meanwhile, having previously announced the signings of forward Noh Alam Shah and goalkeeper Hyrulnizam Juma’at, the Stags also confirmed the arrival of five new faces for 2014.

Joining Salim at the Clementi Stadium from the Rams are centre-back Shariff Abdul Samat and wing-back Ang Zhiwei, while midfielder Matthew Abraham joins from Warriors FC.

Having retained just one foreign player in Japanese defender Kunihiro Yamashita, the Stags also revealed two new imports in ex-Geylang International star Norihiro Kawakami and striker Roberto Martinez Gamarra from Independiente.

Furthermore, Tampines also confirmed they would be looking to make three more signings – two foreigners and one local player – to complete their roster for 2014.

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