Singapore internationals Fazrul Nawaz and Yasir Hanapi are among a septuplet of new players that will be plying their trade for Great Eastern-YEO’s S.League giants Home United in 2014.
In a statement on their official website, the Protectors announced seven new signings which also include Japanese forward Bruno Castanheira from Albirex Niigata (S), former LIONSXII duo Izzdin Shafiq and Fazli Ayob, former Tampines Rovers striker Ahmed Fahmie and goalkeeper Daniel Ong, who played for Balestier Khalsa last season.
Fazrul, who was part of the Singapore side that won the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup, played for the LIONSXII in 2012 and scored five goals in the Malaysia Super League campaign as the Singaporean outfit were crowned champions.
Meanwhile, Yasir had an impressive year with Geylang International, finishing as their second-highest scorer in the league with four goals and captaining the side in the absence of Jozef Kaplan.
The arrival of Bruno is also likely capture the imagination of the Home faithful given the success he has had with Albirex last term, as well as in his first spell from 2010 to 2011.
The Protectors also announced seven departures, including forward Masrezwan Masturi, winger Firdaus Idros and defender Nor Azli Yusoff, who were all unveiled as new Tanjong Pagar United players at the start of the year.
Sofiyan Abdul Hamid has also left Home to rejoin former club Balestier Khalsa, while Canadian forward Jordan Webb, veteran Aliff Shafaein and South Korean midfielder Choi Jae-won round off the list of players that have departed from the Bishan Stadium.
Home, one of Singaporean football’s traditional giants, will return to continental football in 2014 following a year’s absence after qualifying for the AFC Cup by winning the RHB Singapore Cup last season.