Football: Battle-hardened Sailors coach Vidakovic ready for title fight in 2023 SPL season

New head coach Risto Vidakovic was appointed in December and has vowed to steer the club back to winning ways. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

SINGAPORE – The Lion City Sailors’ new head coach Risto Vidakovic will start the 2023 Singapore Premier League (SPL) season with a much-changed squad that is missing two of his four foreign players, while the league has also become more competitive with the return of 2019 champions Brunei DPMM.

Despite these difficulties, the 54-year-old Serb remains unfazed. After all, as a player, he once had to flee from a war and, as a coach, arrived to work at a club that had only one registered player.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.