A FOOTBALLER, A SKATEBOARDER AND EVEN A CYCLIST NOW, HOW DO YOU JUGGLE ALL THREE SPORTS?
It’s not easy to do all at once because for me, my professional job is being a footballer whereas skating and cycling is a hobby that I picked up when I was young. For me, I take cycling as a way to recover and skating as a way to meet new people and have fun with my friends.
CAN IT BE SAID THAT SOMETIMES, ONE NEEDS MENTAL STRENGTH MORE THAN PHYSICAL STRENGTH?
Definitely. Being mentally strong is part of what I do as a professional footballer because with the right mindset, it’s easier to win games with confidence and form. However, it’s also important to be physically prepared.
DO YOU HAVE TIME TO PURSUE OTHER HOBBIES AND WHAT ARE THEY?
I can’t draw for nuts so I don’t think I’m that artsy but I like to play the guitar.
HOW MUCH HAS FOOTBALL CHANGED FOR YOU FROM YOUR TIME AT THE TAMPINES ROVERS TO GEYLANG INTERNATIONAL? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT YOURSELF?
I would say it has taught me to be mentally strong. Being a footballer for the Tampines Rovers means you’re part of a big club and for me, getting game time or matches was difficult. I had to be mentally strong to keep working hard. Once I got spotted by Geylang International, I managed to get some playing time and I just kept going.
I’m not a good dribbler but more of a team player so if you put me in an individual game, it’s not something I can do. I’m overcoming this slowly through drills — one versus one or two versus two so that helps me a lot.
CONSIDERING YOU DO MOSTLY OUTDOORS SPORTS, WHAT DO YOU REQUIRE OF YOUR SKINCARE?
I actually have very oily skin and used to have a lot of acne when I was younger so I feel that these products are really important. Being a footballer and going live on television, you don’t want to have acne so having the right kind of routine is important for me.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF FOOTBALLERS WHO COME AFTER YOU?
I would say, just keep working hard and be physically and mentally strong. Keep pushing yourself to the limit.
IN THE SPAN OF TWO YEARS — SINCE YOU LAST BECAME A WORLD CHAMPION — WHAT HAS CHANGED FOR YOU?
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