Advantage Albirex as Geylang waste chances
Changes pay off for Cup holders, who have one foot in the semis
QUARTER-FINAL, FIRST LEG
ALBIREX NIIGATA 2 (MASAYA JITOZONO 1, NAOFUMI TANAKA 53)
GEYLANG INT'L 0
Those who thought that Albirex Niigata's confidence had been dented after their 10-game winning run in the Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League was snapped by Tampines Rovers were proven wrong last night.
The White Swans, who looked out of sorts in the heart-breaking defeat last week, bounced back to beat Geylang International 2-0 in the first leg of their RHB Singapore Cup quarter-final clash at the Jurong East Stadium.
Early strikes in both halves separated the two sides in a game marred by niggly fouls, crunching tackles, numerous yellow cards and a sending-off for Geylang general manager Aizat Ramli.
"I think we were quite lucky to score the first goal," said Albirex coach Naruki Naruo, after the game.
"It changed the complexion of the game as Geylang pressed us from then on and we had to defend well because they had a number of chances to score."
Naruo made a number of changes to his starting line-up in a bid to freshen things up, naming Daichi Ishiyama, Masaya Jitozono and Kazuki Mine in the first 11, in place of Tomoki Menda, Tatsuro Inui and Atsushi Kawata, the league's top scorer.
"We wanted to control possession in this game and that's why I put Masaya (Jitozono) in the middle and wanted to bring on our key players once Geylang became tired.
"But they did not make it easy for us and I know it will be tough in the second leg."
The Japanese coach's tinkering worked a treat just 12 seconds after kick-off. Ishiyama and Jitozono combined well just outside the penalty box for the latter to slot home past a bewildered Syazwan Buhari.
Geylang crafted some chances but were unable to beat Albirex custodian Yosuke Nozawa, who made several key saves, including a ferocious Carlos Delgado shot from close range.
The Eagles' frustration showed near the end of the first half. The Geylang bench were incensed over a decision that went against them and protested furiously to fourth official Jansen Foo.
Aizat squared up to Foo, who called referee G Letchman, and the Geylang general manager was sent to the stands.
The cup-holders doubled their lead eight minutes after the restart when Naofumi Tanaka powered home a header from Kento Nagasaki's corner-kick.
Geylang coach Hasrin Jailani brought on two strikers including new signing, Mark Hartmann, and Sahil Suhaimi, but Albirex hung on.
'England lack direction and instruction'
Residents cry foul over choked refuse chute of new HDB block
Instead of enjoying their new homes, residents at Keat Hong Mirage have to bear with a foul smell and flies.
Rubbish, including renovation waste, has piled up near Block 817A at Keat Hong Link in Choa Chu Kang, and the central refuse chute in the block was choked up to the eighth storey.
"On the lower floors, the stench is unbearable. And when I open the chute, insects fly out," said Mr Nazmi Othman, 31, who lives in a fourth-storey unit with his wife and two children.
"I have two small kids and I am scared for their health."
He said there was no problem when they moved in a month back, but rubbish started piling up in the chute more than two weeks ago.
When The New Paper went to the 22-storey block on Monday afternoon, there was an obvious stench on the first eight storeys, with the lower floors being more affected.
NASTY FIND: Mr Muhammad Zumrah (above) found out the rubbish chute was choked on Sunday night. A lot of the trash was food waste with maggots crawling in the red bag on the right. TNP PHOTO: PHYLLICIA WANG
When this reporter checked the chute, it was filled with mostly food waste. Maggots could be seen in one of the bags stuck in the chute on the seventh storey.
"This is a new estate, I didn't expect the rubbish chute to get choked so fast," said Mr Nazmi.
The build-to-order (BTO) estate was completed only in March, and fewer than 10 families have moved into the block.
Most of the units are still under renovation.
Mr Nazmi and another resident, Mr Muhammad Zumrah, 28, told TNP that the problem had not been resolved despite their complaints.
BIG MESS: A cleaner loading the rubbish onto a vehicle. TNP PHOTO: PHYLLICIA WANG
"It has become almost a daily routine to call the town council. Why must I keep updating them?" said Mr Zumrah, who lives on the eighth storey with his wife and two kids.
Mr Zumrah and another resident, who wanted to be known only as Mr Roy, suspect the obstruction was caused by renovation debris that had been dumped into the chute.
TNP understands that Block 817A has yet to be handed over to the town council, and the residents' complaints were forwarded to the Housing Board (HDB), which is still responsible for the block.
In response to queries by TNP, an HDB spokesman yesterday confirmed that the refuse handling equipment on the ground floor of the chute had malfunctioned as a result of improper disposal of bulky refuse and renovation debris into the chute.
A red cabinet door has jammed a chute hopper in between storeys. PHOTO: HDB
This caused the chute to be jammed between floors and resulted in the choke.
The malfunction was rectified on Monday, and the choked rubbish had also been cleared from the chute. The residents confirmed this yesterday evening.
The HDB spokesman advised residents to approach their renovation contractor or the town council should they need help disposing of bulky items because such items should not be discarded into the chute.
They had to cut holes in wall to remove carpets from chute
This is not the first time Singaporeans have faced a rubbish chute chokage. Singaporeans have found carpets, table tops and even mattresses stuck in the rubbish chute.
Get the full story in our print edition (June 29).
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