National Teams – Age-group ● Mar 14, 2019

Amirul and Nur Adam Relishing Their First U22 Call-Up

Nur Adam and Amirul Haikal during training

GOTEMBA, 14 MARCH 2019 – One week into a training camp in Japan with the Singapore Under-22 National Team, first-time call-ups Nur Adam Abdullah and Amirul Haikal have settled well.

The duo were named in Fandi Ahmad’s 24-man squad that are gearing up to play in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship qualifiers later this month and have relished their time in Gotemba so far.

Nur Adam

Young Lions defender Nur Adam, who made his professional debut in their first game of the season two weeks ago, is grateful for the opportunity to learn from senior team-mates.

“It has been a good experience so far,” the 17-year-old said. “Most of the players in the team are more experienced than me and they have helped me a lot, especially Mamat (Zulqarnaen Suzliman) and Stone (Syahrul Sazali). Both of them play in the same position as me and have a better view of what (I can improve in) and how I should play. They will correct me if I make a mistake so that I learn not to repeat it.”

Amirul Haikal (second from left)

SAFSA midfielder Amirul shared: “It’s an honour to be called up for the first time because not everyone gets this opportunity and I am proud to be here with the team.”

The 19-year-old added: “I am learning to adapt to the playing system and am thankful to the other players who will give me advice. Coach Fandi will also keep telling me what to do with the ball while coach Noh Alam Shah will share his thoughts on shooting drills. I enjoy learning from them and hope that I can learn as much as I can with the team.”

With the qualifiers coming up in approximately one week’s time, both are ready to give their all.

Amirul said: “This training camp will definitely help us be better prepared for the trip to Mongolia as we would have spent about one and a half weeks here to acclimatise to the weather conditions so we can play better football there.

“I think that we have a good chance in our group to qualify to the next round but it will take a lot of discipline and camaraderie among the players to make this work.”

Nur Adam added: “I have been through such cold playing conditions when I went to Mongolia in 2017 for the AFC U19 Championship qualifiers, so I have a rough idea of what to expect. I will try my best to support the team as a defender and will give my 100 per cent to not let in easy goals.”

The team will depart for Mongolia on Monday, 18 March. They will face Hong Kong in the opening match of the qualifiers on 22 March, before taking on DPR Korea two days later and rounding off the campaign against hosts Mongolia on 26 March.

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