From playing in secret to playing abroad: this Fifa player enjoys his SEA Games photo “once in his life”

What stays with him until today is the training he received in China.

Yeo recalled having to practice virtual penalty kicks after each training session, a weakness his coach had identified in his gameplay.

“Every night I had to score 10 times in a row in each corner before I slept. So halfway through, if I missed or clicked (shot power) a little less or a little more, (I should) start over” he said.

“He (my coach) felt that the penalty shootout can be an advantage. Because when most games get very cautious, it normally goes to the penalty shootout. And he just wanted to prepare me for that.”

There would be no sleep for Yeo until he scored 40 penalties, 10 in each corner of the goal.

But he appreciated the advice, as it was the first time he had a coach.

“(A coach) helps with the gameplay of the game… If I’m playing myself, there’s only one slider and I focus on where I’m passing the ball. So often I’ I will be very ‘tunneled’ in my view of what I do,” Yeo explained.

“We could sit and watch replays and (he could) let me know how I could do better, what opportunity did I miss, how can I pass better, how can I defend better.”

A coach also doubles as an analyst to help a player study opponents, Yeo noted.

“When I had the coach, it was very helpful for me to analyze which formations are the best,” he said.

“He was explaining to me why which players are better… for example – (Angel) Di Maria – he’s a southpaw, because in (the) game he has a ‘five-star’ left foot and a ‘two-star’ one. right foot.”

Yeo’s big moment came in April 2018, when he, Amraan and Chinese Fifa Esports Player of the Year Li Si Jun combined to win the East Asian Champions Cup in the spring, the biggest international game tournament.

Representing Singapore esports team Team Flash, the trio beat Thailand 3-0 in the final, claiming US$108,000 (S$142,000) in prize money. It was the best finish for a Singaporean team in the event.

“I wouldn’t say I was surprised, but I wouldn’t say I expected our team to win for sure. I think coming to the tournament I felt we had a shot equal but it was tough,” Yeo said.

“I felt that if I really didn’t win, I would have regretted my decision to play (full-time). Because in the end, what’s worse is if I play for so many years and nothing comes of it.”

‘AN HONOR’ TO REPRESENT SINGAPORE

Yeo, now a team leader for Team Flash, is no longer a professional gamer.

However, he was selected to be part of the Singapore Fifa Online 4 SEA Games four-man mixed squad along with Amraan, Ahmad Sufian Rahamad and Muhammad Syakir Abdul Rauf.

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