National Team - Lionesses ● Nov 27, 2023

New faces in Lionesses squad relish opportunity to feature in Bangladesh friendlies

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Singapore will head to Bangladesh for two friendly matches in the December FIFA Window; five players called up to the senior team for the first time

 

 

SINGAPORE, 27 NOVEMBER 2023 – The Singapore Women’s National Team Head Coach Karim announced today the selection of 21 players who will represent Singapore in two friendly matches during the December FIFA Window against the 142nd-ranked Bangladesh women’s team.

 

The squad comprises a mix of regular national team members and a promising group of first-time senior national team attendees. Among the familiar faces are Lioness captain Rosnani Azman, forward Raudhah Kamis, Deloitte Women’s Premier League (WPL) Young Player of the Year nominees Syazwani Ruzi and Dhaniyah Qasimah, along with goalkeeper Beatrice Tan.

 

The spotlight shines on five players who are in line to potentially earn their first senior cap in their debut call up to the national senior team, having showcased their talents in the Under-19 and Under-16 age groups respectively and delivering stellar performances in the WPL and Women’s National League (WNL). This group includes Sailors’ Josephine Ang Kalie, Cara Chang, Mattar Sailors’ Raeka Ee, goalkeeper Izairida Shakira, and Tanjong Pagar’s Qarissa Putri.

 

A notable return to the squad is Borussia Dortmund Women’s forward Danelle Tan, who has made a flying start since her debut in the German team in August this year, registering 11 appearances and scoring nine goals. Defenders Mira Ruzana and Dini Dannisha are set to make a comeback to the national setup, with hopes of earning their first caps. Joining them is midfielder Dorcas Chu, who last received a call-up for the Asian Games provisional squad after overcoming anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries sustained in late 2022.

 

However, there will be some temporary absences from the Asian Games squad. Forwards Farhanah Ruhaizat and Nicole Lim, midfielders Venetia Lim, Ho Hui Xin, and Nasriah Ibrahim, defender Umairah Hamdan, alongside vice-captain Stephanie Dominguez and Oakland University’s Putri Syaliza, will be taking a break from international duties due to various reasons such as injuries, work, and personal commitments.

 

Coach Karim emphasized his vision in building the squad for the future, with the 2025 SEA Games in mind: “The squad selection was primarily based on merit, taking into account the players’ notable performances in the WPL, WNL, and during National Team training sessions.

 

“Beyond just skill, commitment levels in terms of attendance and individual performances were also crucial factors. This approach, which comprises a mix of experienced players and promising talents, is designed to build a team that gains valuable experience and evolves into a strong contender for the SEA Games in 2025.”

 

He cautioned that Bangladesh recent performances and results show they are a formidable opposition, despite their ranking: “The upcoming trip to Bangladesh is a good opportunity for the team to gain experience both on- and off- the field. While the Bangladesh team is ranked 142nd, their recent achievements, including victories against formidable opponents like Malaysia (ranked 89th), Hong Kong (ranked 77th), and India (ranked 61st), along with winning the last South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Championship and a commendable participation in the recent Asian Games, highlight their formidable form.

 

“As such, playing against such competitive opponents will provide our players with a solid platform to enhance their skills and overall performance.”

 

Josephine Ang (right) with Mira Ruzana (left) in a recent training session, November 2023. She shared that she was “grateful to get the call-up”.

 

For 17-year-old Josephine, she shared that she was “grateful to get the call-up”, adding: “I feel that this is a very good opportunity to show my potential. It’s my dream to play for the senior team and it feels surreal that I’m just one step away. Playing against a good team like Bangladesh will expose me to higher-intensity gameplay and help improve my skills and decision-making. I would like to thank family, friends and coaches who have supported me since the start because without them I would not be who I am today. This is going to be a very good experience for me and not everyone can experience it, so I want to make good use of this match to improve myself individually as a player and the chemistry as a team. There is still a lot I must work on, and I am excited for what’s ahead of me.”

 

The Lionesses are scheduled to travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh on Wednesday evening (29 November) with matches scheduled for 1 and 4 December.

 

Singapore Women’s National Team Squad for Bangladesh Friendly

S/N Name Pos Caps Goals DOB Club
1 Izairida Shakira GK 0 0 2-Jun-07 Mattar Sailors
2 Beatrice Tan GK 12 0 29-Jun-92 Lion City Sailors
3 Erlinawaty Jaffar GK 10 0 10-Nov-85 Hougang United
4 Dini Dannisha DF 0 0 06-Apr-03 Albirex Niigata (S)
5 Syazwani Ruzi DF 27 1 20-Dec-01 Lion City Sailors
6 Mira Ruzana Seherzan DF 0 0 6-Jan-01 Still Aerion
7 Rosnani Azman DF 39 0 22-May-97 Hougang United
8 Qarissa Putri Ramadhani Zahary DF 0 0 24-Sep-08 Tanjong Pagar United
9 Khairunnisa Anwar DF 11 0 21-Feb-03 Lion City Sailors
10 Nurerwadah Erwan DF 4 1 26-Jun-04 Balestier Khalsa
11 Dhaniyah Qasimah MF 27 0 07-July-04 Tanjong Pagar United
12 Dorcas Chu MF 17 0 29-Jul-02 Mattar Sailors
13 Cara Ming-Yan Chang MF 0 0 28-Nov-08 Lion City Sailors
14 Mastura Jeilani MF 22 0 10-July-92 Balestier Khalsa
15 Sitianiwati Rosielin MF 27 0 26-May-97 Police Sports Association
16 Sarah Zu’risqha MF 3 0 24-Jul-06 Albirex Niigata (S)
17 Farah Nurzahirah FW 2 1 13-Jan-04 Tanjong Pagar United
18 Raudhah Kamis FW 24 5 04-Mar-99 Hougang United
19 Raeka Ee FW 0 0 16-Sep-03 Mattar Sailors
20 Danelle Tan FW 20 4 25-Oct-04 Borussia Dortmund
21 Josephine Ang Kalie FW 0 0 26-Sep-06 Lion City Sailors

 

Singapore’s Women’s Team Fixtures

Match Date Time (SGT) Venue
Bangladesh vs Singapore 1 December 2023, Friday 6 pm Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mustofa Kamal Stadium
Singapore vs Bangladesh 4 December 2023, Monday 5 pm

 

 

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