FIRST TEAM STAFF
Badri GhentGeneral Manager
The main man spearheading the Lion City Sailors at an executive level, Badri Ghent has already set several firsts in the local game despite his relative youth. This includes being the youngest-ever Team Manager, and later, General Manager, of a professional football club in Singapore, when he was appointed to the two roles at Home United in 2014 and 2017 respectively. Badri, who was instrumental in the privatisation of the Sailors, now oversees the direction of the club – and he’s determined to bring us to the very top.
Aurelio VidmarHead Coach
A household name in Australian football for his successful exploits in the game as both player and coach, Aurelio Vidmar joined the Lion City Sailors as Head Coach in 2020 with one goal in mind – to lead the club to glory. Aurelio, a former Socceroos skipper, brings with him a wealth of experience at the very top of the game. Some of his notable accomplishments include leading Adelaide United to the AFC Champions League Final in 2008 – becoming the first Australian team to achieve such a feat – as well as being inducted into the Football Federation Australia Football Hall of Fame the same year.
Noh RahmanASST.HEAD COACH
After an illustrious 20-year playing career which saw him win numerous domestic and international trophies, former Singapore captain Noh Rahman finally hung up his boots at the end of 2016 and ventured into coaching. Known for his professionalism and work ethic, Noh is naturally regarded as a role model for the Lion City Sailors players. As Assistant Coach of the Sailors, Noh works closely with Aurelio – both on and off the pitch – to plot the Sailors’ course to success.
Chua Lye HengGoalkeeping coach
As the Lion City Sailors’ goalkeeper coach, Lye Heng is focused on ensuring that our custodians are always well-prepared to protect our goal. Lye Heng himself was a goalkeeper during his youth, before venturing into the sport of sepak takraw, where he made a name for himself as a successful school coach. The former Singapore national team goalkeeper coach possesses a Goalkeeping Level 3 coaching licence from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) – the highest level of certification available from the organisation.
Adi SalehVideo Analyst
A former professional goalkeeper who turned out for the likes of Home United, SAFFC, and Gombak United in the late 90s to mid-2000s, Adi is the Lion City Sailors resident video analyst. With his vast experience in football – which includes more than a decade as a goalkeeping coach – Adi is crucial in cataloguing and analysing footage of both our games, as well as that of our opponents.
Herwandy HamidHead (football)
The Lion City Sailors’ Head (Football) Herwandy Hamid, who also doubles up as Team Manager, ensures that things run smoothly at the club, both on and off the pitch. The former teacher, who has a passion for community engagement through football at the grassroots level, is a trusted figure among the players, and can be counted upon to keep the harmony and camaraderie within the squad.
Shazaly AyobSports Performance Coach
In his role as the Lion City Sailors’ Sports Performance Coach, Shazaly Ayob is in charge of ensuring that our players always remain in tip-top shape. The experienced fitness trainer, who previously worked with the likes of Warriors FC and the Football Association of Singapore, prides himself as a tough taskmaster who will have no qualms in pushing his players to their limits in a bid to get their fitness to a world class level.
Fazly HasanSports Trainer
If you need advice on how to prevent injury, there’s no better person to ask than Lion City Sailors Sports Trainer Fazly Hassan. With close to five years of experience as a sports trainer, the former Geylang and Hougang United player is key in helping our players fully recover from the rigours of training and matches. His knowledge and expertise in this area also allows him to holistically guide our injured players through their recovery process in a safe and responsible manner.
Zahir TaufeekLogistics Officer
Lion City Sailors Logistics Officer Zahir Taufeek plays a vital role in making sure that our players and staff are always well-equipped for both training and matches. Previously the kitman for the Young Lions and the Singapore National Team, Zahir joined Home United in 2011, and has since established himself as an essential member of our backroom staff.