National Team - Lions ● Nov 02, 2021

Lions to play two matches as part of Dubai training camp


Tatsuma Yoshida’s charges will play Kyrgyz Republic and Morocco A’ during the 10-day camp in the United Arab Emirates


Lions at a training session on 25 October 2021


SINGAPORE, 2 NOVEMBER 2021 – The Singapore Men’s National Team will head to Dubai, United Arab Emirates for a training camp next week as part of preparations for the upcoming ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2020.


The camp will take place from 8 November to 17 November, with the Lions scheduled to play two international matches during that period. The first is an international ‘A’ friendly on 11 November against the Kyrgyz Republic, ranked 96th in the world and 16th in Asia by FIFA. Five days later, Tatsuma Yoshida’s charges will play the Morocco A’ side, which has won the last two editions of the African Nations Championship (2018 and 2020) and is preparing for the FIFA Arab Cup in late November. As the Moroccan A’ team will comprise exclusively of their domestic league players only, this fixture will be played as a training match where Coach Tatsuma will look to give a run-out to as many players without any restrictions to substitution numbers.


All local-based players, apart from Ilhan Fandi, that were named in the provisional squad by Tatsuma Yoshida last month will travel to Dubai, with all five overseas-based players set to link up with the Lions there. The squad commenced centralised training from 25 October and will undergo eight sessions per week up until 6 November before they depart two days later.



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“This camp will provide us with the opportunity to play against international opponents, which is very important for us as part of our preparations,” Tatsuma said. “I hope the level of play will be high and it will be a very good opportunity for us to sharpen our match-play. Some players who will be joining us in Dubai, like Safuwan and Ikhsan, have not been with us for almost two years and we are looking forward to having them back. In Dubai we will be able to assess their conditions and also have the entire team spend time together for 10 days to train, play and bond.


“I also understand that for us to be able to go overseas for this training camp amid the COVID-19 pandemic is not easy, so all of us, the players and coaches, are thankful to the Singapore government and FAS, and we have to utilise this opportunity to prepare to the best of our abilities.


“Centralised training so far has been positive, with the players looking fresh and energetic despite the hard sessions. Of course, we can always improve more but their behaviour and attitude has been very good. The sessions have been hard and are part of our first phase of preparation; in Dubai, we will move into another phase, where we focus on match preparation, and refresh, remind and recharge the players’ mindsets in that aspect.”


Singapore, four-time winners of the AFF Suzuki Cup, will host the 10-team tournament from 5 December 2021 to 1 January 2022. The Lions will begin their Group A campaign against Myanmar on 5 December 2021, before going on to face the Philippines, Brunei or Timor-Leste, and Thailand over the subsequent 13 days.


Singapore Men’s National Team fixtures in Dubai

Match Date and Time
Kyrgyz Republic vs Singapore 11 November 2021, Thursday
5pm (9pm SGT)
Morocco A’ vs Singapore* 16 November 2021, Tuesday
5pm (9pm SGT)

*Please note that this is NOT an international ‘A’ fixture.
**Kick-off times changed to 5pm as of 10 November 2021


Provisional Singapore Men’s National Team Squad as announced on 8 October

S/N Name Pos Caps Goals DOB Club
1 Hassan Sunny GK 85 0 2-Apr-84 Lion City Sailors
2 Izwan Mahbud GK 54 0 14-Jul-90 Hougang United
3 Syazwan Buhari GK 0 0 22-Sep-92 Tampines Rovers
4 Zharfan Rohaizad GK 0 0 21-Feb-97 Tanjong Pagar United
5 Amirul Adli DF 12 0 13-Jan-96 Lion City Sailors
6 Iqram Rifqi DF 2 0 25-Feb-96 Geylang International
7 Irfan Fandi DF 29 1 13-Aug-97 BG Pathum United (THA)
8 Jacob Mahler DF 3 1 10-Apr-00 Young Lions
9 Nazrul Nazari DF 42 0 11-Feb-91 Hougang United
10 Nur Adam Abdullah DF 0 0 13-Apr-01 Lion City Sailors
11 Safuwan Baharudin DF 96 11 22-Sep-91 Selangor FC (MAS)
12 Shakir Hamzah DF 53 3 20-Oct-92 Tanjong Pagar United
13 Tajeli Salamat DF 0 0 7-Feb-94 Lion City Sailors
14 Zulqarnaen Suzliman DF 13 0 29-Mar-98 Young Lions
15 Adam Swandi MF 10 0 12-Jan-96 Lion City Sailors
16 M. Anumanthan MF 21 0 14-Jul-94 Kedah FC (MAS)
17 Hami Syahin* MF 6 0 16-Dec-98 Young Lions
18 Hariss Harun MF 101 10 19-Nov-90 Lion City Sailors
19 Saifullah Akbar MF 3 0 31-Jan-99 Lion City Sailors
20 Shahdan Sulaiman MF 67 4 9-May-88 Lion City Sailors
21 Song Uiyoung MF 0 0 8-Nov-93 Lion City Sailors
22 Zulfahmi Arifin MF 48 1 5-Oct-91 Sukhothai FC (THA)
23 Amy Recha FW 0 0 13-May-92 Geylang International
24 Faris Ramli FW 59 9 24-Aug-92 Lion City Sailors
25 Gabriel Quak FW 36 5 22-Dec-90 Lion City Sailors
26 Hafiz Nor FW 8 1 22-Aug-88 Lion City Sailors
27 Ikhsan Fandi FW 18 8 9-Apr-99 FK Jerv (NOR)
28 Ilhan Fandi* FW 1 0 8-Nov-02 Young Lions
29 Shawal Anuar FW 12 1 29-Apr-91 Hougang United

*On standby




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