WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Sports happenings in Singapore (27 Dec to 2 Jan)

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New Albirex Niigata (Singapore) signing Tadanari Lee in action with former club Kyoto Sanga.
New Albirex Niigata (Singapore) signing Tadanari Lee in action with former club Kyoto Sanga. (PHOTO: Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Here is a round-up of sports events and developments in Singapore in the past week (27 December to 2 January):

Albirex sign former Japan international striker Tadanari Lee

Singapore Premier League (SPL) club Albirex Niigata (Singapore) have signed former Japanese international striker Tadanari Lee on a one-year deal for the 2022 season.

Lee, 36, has 11 senior caps for Japan and memorably scored their winning goal against Australia in the 2011 Asian Cup final. He has also played with English club Southampton when they were in the second-tier Championship in 2012/13.

In Japan, he has scored over 100 goals for six clubs, and won the AFC Champions League with Urawa Red Diamonds in 2017 and the J1 League title with Yokohama F. Marinos in 2019. He last played for newly-promoted Kyogo Sanga this year.

Young Lions drawn with Thailand, Vietnam in Asean tournament

Singapore's national Under-23 football team were drawn on Wednesday (29 December) with Thailand and Vietnam in Group C of the Asean Football Federation U-23 Championship.

The tournament is scheduled to be held in Cambodia from 14 to 26 February at the Morodok Techno Stadium and Prince Stadium.

The inaugural edition of the AFF U-23 Championship was held in 2005 in Thailand. It was discontinued for 14 years years before being revived in 2019 and switched to an U-22 tournament. Indonesia are the defending champions, beating Thailand 2-1 in the 2019 final.

Singapore wrestler Dante Chen stands victorious in his third WWE match on its 205 Live program, beating Draco Anthony. (PHOTO: Twitter/Dante Chen)
Singapore wrestler Dante Chen stands victorious in his third WWE match on its 205 Live program, beating Draco Anthony. (PHOTO: Twitter/Dante Chen)

Dante Chen chalks up third straight win in WWE

Singapore wrestler Dante Chen stayed unbeaten in the elite professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), chalking up his third straight win as he defeated Draco Anthony in the company's 205 Live program on Friday (31 December).

The 25-year-old - whose real name is Sean Tan - was sidelined for about three months with a knee injury following his last WWE appearance on 205 Live on 1 October. On his return to action, he defeated Anthony with his unique sit-out manoeuvre, which the commentator dubbed “Dante’s Inferno".

Chen made his debut in September on WWE's NXT program, becoming the first Singaporean wrestler to be featured in a televised WWE program.

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