Former player and coach on the S League, Darren Staewart, passed away on Thursday at age 52. Stewart, who has been living in Singapore since 199 when he signed for Balestier Central from Johor FA, is survived by his son and daughter.

Stewart signed in 1999 for Balestier Central, and his love affair with the S league started then. The defender went on to play for Balestier until he hanged up his boots in 2001, where he embarked on a coaching career. He led three local clubs, Balestier Khalsa, Gombak United and Woodlands Wellington as a head coach.

His former players paid their tribute to him, indicating that he was a great mentor and a fantastic coach. His passing at a relatively young age caught many int he local football fraternity by surprise. He will be greatly missed

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