AffSuzukiCup2020 ● Dec 19, 2021
FAS statement on Shakir Hamzah
Shakir Hamzah in action against Timor-Leste, 14 December 2021
SINGAPORE, 19 DECEMBER 2021 – Singapore Men’s National Team player Shakir Hamzah has been ruled out of the remainder of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2020.
Following a medical examination earlier today, the 29-year-old defender has been confirmed to have sustained injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and meniscus of his right knee.
Shakir had come off worse in a collision with an opponent during the Lions’ Group A match against Thailand yesterday evening (18 Dec) in the sixth minute and was forced to come off in the 12th minute after initially attempting to carry on playing.
The player will consult further medical advice before assessing his options.
“It was tough to see Shakir come off the pitch in a stretcher and it is very unfortunate that he will not be able to play in the tournament anymore,” Head Coach Tatsuma Yoshida said. “We all know what he brings to the team; since June, he regained our trust on his own and his attitude and commitment to the team has improved massively. Shakir has evolved to become a key member of the team and we will feel his absence both on and off the pitch. However, he is a fighter and I wish him all the best with his recovery and am sure that he will emerge from this stronger.”
“I am very disappointed to have suffered this injury and not be able to help the team in the knockout stages, which I was really looking forward to playing,” Shakir said. “I will continue to cheer the team on, while I focus on my recovery. I am also thankful for the support and well-wishes I have received, and will do my best to return stronger.
“I know our fans will continue to be there for our boys throughout this tournament. They deserve the recognition for their effort and hard work. I have been with them for the past 12 weeks and I know how much this competition means to each and every individual in the team. I will be with the fans to support the Lions this time as I know the support means a lot to the players.”
Everyone at the FAS wishes Shakir a speedy recovery and successful rehabilitation.
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF SINGAPORE