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 By Kenneth Tan

Tampines name Desmond Ong chairman to succeed Krishna Ramachandra

S.League giants Tampines Rovers have a new chairman in the form of Desmond Ong, who takes over from the flamboyant Krishna Ramachandra.

Krishna's reign as Stags chairman lasted just 22 months after he stepped down from the post in August, citing overwhelming work demands in his role as a corporate lawyer.

Ong is a not-so-familiar name in the local football scene. He was chosen after Stags' club advisor Desmond Choo had closely consulted the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) on the appointment of Krishna's successor.

Ong, the managing partner of legal firm JLC Advisors LLP, has over two decades of legal experience. He has been consistently named as a leading individual in the Asia Pacific Legal 500, in both the Dispute Resolution and Corporate categories: one of the very few individuals to be cited in both sections.

"I am humbled to be appointed the new chairman of Tampines," Ong said in a FAS media statement. "Tampines is one of Singapore football's giants, and it is a heavy responsibility.

"I will work hand in hand with Mr. Choo, the other members of the TRFC Committee and the FAS to ensure that the club strives for football excellence as well as increased community participation."

Choo, who played an integral role in Ong's appointment, is optimistic of the Stags era under the new man.

"I consulted closely with the FAS on this matter, and am pleased to welcome Desmond as the new club chairman," he said.

"He is a highly qualified professional and is passionate about football, and I am confident that he will be able to lead Tampines very well."

Supporting Ong in the Stags boardroom are vice-chairman Lee Lung Nien, honorary secretary Nicholas Hunter, honorary treasurer Ian Lau, and two committee members Nicholas Narayan and Leong Wing Kong.

Ong will surely be hoping for a less turbulent reign at the helm as compared to the cash-flow issues under his predecessor.

Kenneth Tan is a Singapore-based football writer on S.League and AFC Cup for ESPN FC and FourFourTwo. Twitter: @KennerveT

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