Strong and silent, Ichikawa leads by example

Geylang captain Yuki Ichikawa has missed only two out of 110 league games and is the SPL's longest-tenured foreign player.
Geylang captain Yuki Ichikawa has missed only two out of 110 league games and is the SPL's longest-tenured foreign player.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

The international break has been a welcome one for Geylang International after a disappointing first half to this year's Singapore Premier League (SPL) campaign, with Eagles captain Yuki Ichikawa urging his teammates to raise their game.

The Japanese centre-back has been the epitome of on-field leadership, starting all but two of the last 110 league games. The 1.82m defender's reply to how he has maintained such a pristine injury record - "hard work" - is equally telling of his professionalism.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2021, with the headline 'Strong and silent, Ichikawa leads by example'. Subscribe