Flashback to October 2008
The Sharks will look back to this weekend fixture with nostalgic and shock. 14 September 2008 will be remembered as one of shock as the management decide to pull the plug on Central Park International which was plying their trade in Division 3 despite finishing 2nd the previous division after just 5 games at the end of their game at Clementi Stadium. The news shocked the whole club and while many still had unanswered questions to that decisions; many point to the fact of flailing attendances and results being the key to the shocking decision.
The pull-out meant that some of International's players were assigned to the main Central Park team but with the number of players in the club roster, one main thing which came out of the merger was; playing time which saw several players leaving for greener pastures.
Some of these players still ply their trade with the club while some have moved on. The club shares many great things with their opposition this weekend; Singapore Vikings where the likes of Michael Jorgensen, Thomas Soerensen, Naoki Fukushima and Michael Jensen have donned the International and the main team. Despite that, the friendly rivalry between the two clubs will be showcased yet again this weekend on the field at Clementi Stadium.
There were only 2 previous meetings between the two clubs where Vikings beat Sharks 1-2 and 2-3 in the EOFL Cup tournament thus this weekend, the Reds will go into the game as favorites. They managed to claim a point against Team H in a hot-tempered match and will look to climb the table this weekend. Sharks on the other hand will look to bounce back from their disappointing 3-0 defeat to Team H and with added incentive to put one over their rivals.
In other matches of the division, Eastern Vale will look to improve on their 2 opening games which ended 0-0 against FC Socheaux while Team H will look to keep their momentum going against the rather unpredictable Matador especially after the latter's narrow 1-0 loss to Barclays Capital.