Before we go on with Hougangs season, in which they’ve made some great progress, let’s take a look at the footballing world as we know it.
Harry Redknapp is the current Leeds manger, not that this is remarkable or anything. What is remarkable however is the fact he spent 5 million on Kazenga Lua-Lua & 1 and a half million dollars on Lassana Diarra, 2 players that really aren’t worth the money he paid. Throw in the fact they’re being paid stupid money and you can see why they’re in the trouble they’re in
There were rumors he’d tried to sign Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar, but these were quashed almost immediately. This isn’t really relevant to Stephen Labeque’s story, I just thought I’d bring it up.
The issue of managing in England did get brought up in a Skype call with his father however, although Stephen Senior proclaimed ‘Do not under any circumstances go to England!’
‘North American coaches do not do well in England. The world is your ashtray my boy, or oyster, however the song goes. Anyway Europe is a great place, you’ll do well there. France is a safe haven for you, Holland is another place I worked, you’ll be fine there, but England, no son, don’t do it’
Oh, and lets not forget Steve Kean, the smug twat, as he’s managed to land himself a job in Qatar at Muaither, a Stars League team.
Hougang had managed to navigate the cup semi final over 2 legs, with an aggregate score of 7-5 over Home United to set up a final with Warriors, which would be played after the upcoming game, the final league game of the season.
On the eve of that final league game, which was coincidently against DPMM, where Hougang needed to win and they needed Tampines to not win against Young Lions to secure the league title, Stephen offered very few words of encouragement
‘You better lose yourself in the football, the moment, you own it, you better never let it go, you only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, this opportunity comes once in a life…’
‘Please tell me you did not just quote an Eminem song to the boys?’ Rob Friend asked, dumbfounded
‘Well I couldn’t repeat my team talk from the last cup final could I?’
‘Don’t tell me, you’re going to start singing some inspirational 80’s crap to me next’
‘For a smile we can share the night and go….’
Rob saved the team another cringe worthy moment by cutting Stephen off before he really got going, and addressed the players ‘Just go out there, play like you have all season, and that league title will be ours. No extra pressure, but there’s just do one thing I want you to do for me’
Winger / forward Stipe Plazibat asked ‘What’s that Rob?’
‘WIN!’ Rob replied.
As the players left for the tunnel, Stephen turned to his friend and asked ‘Who’s quoting pop culture now eh?’
‘Shut up’ Rob replied.
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