National Team - Lions ● Jun 27, 2018

OVERSEAS WATCH: Hariss closes in on MSL title, Gabriel Quak scores again for Royal Thai Navy

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Following the Hari Raya Puasa break, the Singapore National Team players got back to action for their clubs in Malaysia and Thailand

 

Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Ta’zim) – Malaysia Super League (MSL)
Singapore National Team skipper Hariss Harun is closing in on the Malaysia Super League (MSL) title with his club Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT).

 

The Singaporean midfielder played the full 90 minutes in each of JDT’s last two victories, which included a stoppage-time winner to edge Pahang FA 2-1 on 12 June.

 

The Southern Tigers now have a 13-point cushion atop the MSL standings with just six matches left to play, and could claim their fifth straight MSL title with four games to spare if they win their next two matches.

 

Recent fixtures
12/6/18: Pahang FA 1-2 JDT (MSL)
20/6/18: JDT 2-0 Terengganu (MSL)

 

Safuwan Baharudin in action for Pahang FA. (PHOTO: Pahang FA)

 

Safuwan Baharudin (Pahang FA) – MSL
Safuwan Baharudin and Pahang FA bounced back from defeat against Hariss’ JDT with a 3-1 victory against Negeri Sembilan on 19 June.

 

Safuwan started the match and played 77 minutes in the victory against Negeri Sembilan to help his team stay within a point of second-placed Perak. Pahang are currently third in the MSL with 27 points with six matches left to play.

 

Recent Fixtures
12/6/18: Pahang FA 1-2 JDT (MSL)
19/6/18: Negeri Sembilan 1-3 Pahang FA (MSL)
23/6/18: Pahang FA 1-1 PKNP (Malaysia FA Cup)

 

Faris Ramli (PKNS) – MSL
Faris Ramli completed the full 90 minutes in both of PKNS’ recent fixtures – a 2-0 victory over Kelantan in the MSL and a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Selangor in the Malaysia FA Cup Semi-Final first leg clash.

 

PKNS currently lie sixth in the MSL standings with 23 points but a top-four finish in the league is still very much a possibility for PKNS with six games to go, as they are only five points behind second-placed Perak.

 

Next up is a crunch tie for them at home to fourth-placed Kedah FA, who are just four points ahead of PKNS.

 

Recent Fixtures
19/6/18: Kelantan 0-2 PKNS (MSL)
23/6/18: Selangor 4-0 PKNS (Malaysia FA Cup)

 

Shahdan Sulaiman (Melaka United) – MSL
Shahdan Sulaiman and Melaka United rebounded from their defeat by Kuala Lumpur FA with a 2-1 victory over PKNP in their latest fixture.

 

An injury-time winner from Ifedayo Olusegun secured all three points against PKNP and Melaka United are currently seventh in the MSL.

 

Melaka United face runaway-leaders JDT in their next match at the Hang Jebat Stadium, which could pit Shahdan against fellow Singaporean, Hariss.

 

Recent Fixtures
19/6/18: PKNP 1-2 Melaka United (MSL)

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Gabriel Quak (Royal Thai Navy FC) – Thai League 1
Gabriel Quak came on as a substitute and scored a goal in stoppage time for Royal Thai Navy FC in their latest fixture – a 4-1 victory over Pattaya United in Thai League 1.

 

The goal was Gabriel’s third of the season, having netted against Port FC last month and Sukhothai in March.

 

Royal Thai Navy currently languish in 16th spot in the 18-team Thai League 1, but will hope for a better run of form when they face opponents that are currently lying in the bottom half of the table in two of their next three matches.

 

Recent Fixtures
13/6/18: Nakhon Pathom 1-0 Royal Thai Navy FC (Thai League Cup)
17/6/18: Bangkok Glass 0-1 Royal Thai Navy FC (Thai League 1)
24/6/18: Royal Thai Navy FC 4-1 Pattaya United (Thai League 1)

 

Zulfahmi Arifin with Chonburi FC. (PHOTO: Chonburi FC)

 

Zulfahmi Arifin (Chonburi FC) – Thai League 1
Zulfahmi Arifin was an unused substitute in each of Chonburi FC’s last two league matches.

 

Chonburi have enjoyed a run of three straight victories, including two straight wins in Thai League 1. They now lie seventh in the league standings on 30 points, three behind fifth-placed Prachuap.

 

Recent Fixtures
13/6/18: Khon Kaen 1-2 Chonburi (Thai League Cup)
16/6/18: Sukhothai 1-2 Chonburi (Thai League 1)
23/6/18: Chonburi 2-0 Suphanburi (Thai League 1)

 

Baihakki Khaizan (Udon Thani FC) – Thai League 2
Udon Thani FC have had mixed results in their past three matches and currently lie sixth in the Thai League 2 standings with 24 points.

 

Having fell to Muangthong United FC in the first round of the Thai League Cup, Udon when on to beat Ang Thong FC in the league before falling to Kasetsart University in their latest fixture.

 

Recent Fixtures
13/6/18: Udon Thani FC 1-2 Muangthong United (Thai League Cup)
17/6/18: Udon Thani FC 2-1 Ang Thong FC (Thai League 2)
22/6/18: Kasetsart University 1-0 Udon Thani FC (Thai League 2)

 

Izwan Mahbud during practice with Nong Bua Pitchaya FC. (PHOTO: Nong Bua Pitchaya FC)

 

Izwan Mahbud (Nong Bua Pitchaya) – Thai League 2
Izwan Mahbud’s club side Nong Bua Pitchaya have not won any of its past four matches in all competitions and have only won two out of a possible nine points in their last three Thai League 2 fixtures.

Nong Bua Pitchaya still sit atop the Thai League 2 standings after 17 games played, but their advantage at the top is getting slimmer. They are only ahead of second-placed Trat FC on goal difference and are two points ahead of third-placed side PTT, who have a game in hand.

 

Recent Fixtures
13/6/18: Nong Bua Pitchaya 3-4 Ubon UMT (Thai League Cup)
17/6/18: Nong Bua Pitchaya 2-2 Chiang Mai FC (Thai League 2)
23/6/18: Ang Thong FC 1-1 Nong Bua Pitchaya (Thai League 2)

 

Hassan Sunny in goal for Army United FC. (PHOTO: Army United FC Fan club)

 

Hassan Sunny (Army United) – Thai League 2
Army United recovered from their exit in the Thai League Cup by recording two straight wins in Thai League 2.

Hassan Sunny played the full 90 minutes in both matches and kept a clean sheet against Samut Sakhon on 24 June.

Army United have climbed two spots courtesy of their recent run and are currently ninth in the league with 21 points.

 

Recent Fixtures
13/6/18: Army United 1-6 Chiangrai United (Thai League Cup)
16/6/18: Khon Kaen 1-2 Army United (Thai League 2)
24/6/18: Army United 3-0 Samut Sakhon (Thai League 2)