National Team - Lions ● Oct 10, 2018

Fresh, modern Singapore kit unveiled

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SINGAPORE, 10 October 2018:
 The Lions will take to the field in a sparkling new kit when November’s ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup comes around.

Hariss Harun, Faris Ramli, Jacob Mahler, Suria Priya and Nur Emilia Natasha were the first National Team players to don the new Nike ensemble when they modelled the kits at the launch event yesterday afternoon.

The home kit, which has a Gym Red graphic across the chest of the Speed Red home shirt, was inspired by Singapore’s iconic Merlion, while the Equator Blue body and Nebula Blue sleeves and shoulders of the away kit was an artistic take on Singapore’s beautiful night city skyline.

The symbolic white crescent moon and five white stars on the Singapore flag were also incorporated onto the red neck tape of both the home and away jersey collars.

Looking fresh at Weston’s Kallang Wave Mall outlet, the quintet shared their impressions of the kit.

National Team forward Faris commented: “What I like most about the new jersey is the crest behind the neck – it’s definitely a unique thing for this year’s jersey. Nike also made it as lightweight as possible, so I can’t wait to wear it during the match.”

Suria, who has made 11 appearances for the Lionesses, added: “I think the new jersey is really nice. The design is simple and cool; the material is nice as well. When we go out and play, we want to be comfortable in what we are wearing so that we can focus on the game.”

Jacob, who was handed his first senior team call-up and international cap last month, recalled the feeling of pulling on the National Team jersey for the first time.

“It’s definitely an honour… (with me) being only 18 years old, the youngest on the tea,” he said. “It’s a great feeling to put on the National Team jersey and go out there to give everything we got.

“At the end of the day, we go out there, try our best and we fight for our country. We leave everything on the field and we try to get the best result possible for the team, for Singapore and for all the fans.”

With the AFF Suzuki Cup coming up in less than a month, the Lions are entering into the final stages of preparation and will take on Mongolia in a friendly this Friday, 12 October. Fandi Ahmad’s charges then travel to Phnom Penh to take on Cambodia on 16 October.

National Team captain Hariss Harun believes that it is crucial to keep the momentum going after two positive displays last month in the 1-1 and 2-0 results against Mauritius and Fiji respectively.

“We have two more games coming (up)… before the crucial tournament starts,” he said. “What’s important is that we have to try to get the belief back in the boys. We are in a tough group and we realise the task that is ahead of us, but we have to be humble and work hard at the same time because anything can happen.”

Catch the boys in the new kit during the AFF Suzuki Cup! The Lions face Indonesia and Timor-Leste at home on 9 and 21 November respectively.