Monday, November 02, 2009


Football Association of Singapore coach and former international David Sivalingam died on Sunday evening during a match organized by former national players and friends to raise money for former Woodlands Wellington winger S. Anthonysamy who was paralysed after a tackle in 1996.

The match, played at the Indian Association saw the participation of several veterans among who were V.Sundramoorthy and Abbas Saad.

Sivalingam was given his international break by Jita Singh in 1979 and Joya was also instrumental in his career as a coach, by appointing the former midfielder as his Assistant Coach at Sembawang Rangers in 1997.

Siva, 51, coached the Singapore team for the Asian Youth Games this year. He leaves behind wife Phiomena Makii and three children .

His death comes just a month after another tragedy struck in the Sultan Selangor Cup where Dollah Kassim suffered a heart attack and remains in coma ever since. Dollah, 60, has since been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit last week and can now breathe on his own.

In 2005 S. Rajagopal suffered a heart attack during the Sultan Selangor Cup while in 2003 former Malaysian striker Ali Bakar collapsed and died at the Tampines Stadium. He was 60.