National Team - Lions ● Aug 08, 2018

OVERSEAS WATCH: Faris and Hassan continue to shine, Gabriel returns for Lions duty


Faris Ramli impressed for PKNS in Malaysia Cup opener, while Gabriel Quak took part in National Team Head Coach Fandi Ahmad’s first pitch training


 Hariss Harun in action against Kuala Lumpur. (PHOTO: JDT)


Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Ta’zim) – Malaysia Super League (MSL)
Defending Malaysia Cup Champions JDT saw their 10-game winning streak unexpectedly snapped when they fell 1-2 to MISC-MIFA in their 2018 Malaysia Cup opener.


JDT finished the MSL with an impressive 23-point cushion over their closest challengers Perak, but need to improve quickly if they want to repeat the league and cup double from last season.


Hariss Harun did not feature for JDT against MISC-MIFA.


Recent fixtures
28/7/18: JDT 2-0 Kuala Lumpur (MSL)
5/8/18: JDT 1-2 MISC-MIFA (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)


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


Safuwan Baharudin (Pahang FA) – MSL
Pahang FA’s final day defeat to Kelantan in the MSL proved inconsequential as top-four challengers Terengganu also lost to Selangor 2-0 on the final day.


That result was enough for Pahang to finish fourth and be placed in Pot 1 of the 2018 Malaysia Cup draw.


Safuwan Baharudin played the full 90 minutes as Pahang begun their Malaysia Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Sabah.


Recent Fixtures
29/7/18: Kelantan 2-1 Pahang FA (MSL)
4/8/18: Pahang 1-1 Sabah (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)


Faris Ramli (PKNS) – MSL
A comfortable 4-1 victory for PKNS over Perak on the final day of the MSL season, coupled with favourable results from elsewhere, helped PKNS rise two spots to finish third in the league.


PKNS’ top-four finish meant that they were placed in pot 1 of the 2018 Malaysia Cup draw and they started their campaign with a resounding 5-2 victory over PDRM.


Faris Ramli continued his impressive form when he found the net in the 63rd minute against PDRM — his eighth of the current season — and played a hand in two more goals in the rout.


Recent Fixtures
28/7/18: PKNS 4-1 Perak (MSL)
5/8/18: PDRM 2-5 PKNS (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)


 Shahdan Sulaiman (second from right) celebrates with his teammates. (PHOTO: Melaka United)

Shahdan Sulaiman (Melaka United) – MSL
Shahdan Sulaiman completed the full 90 minutes in both of Melaka United’s recent matches.


A 3-1 victory over relegated Negeri Sembilan on the final day of the MSL saw Melaka United finish in seventh. They subsequently began their Malaysia Cup campaign with a 0-0 draw against Felda United.


Next up for Shahdan’s Melaka United is a meeting with fellow Singapore International Faris’ PKNS on 11 August.


Recent Fixtures
28/7/18: Negeri Sembilan 1-3 Melaka United (MSL)
5/8/18: Felda United 0-0 Melaka United (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)


 Gabriel Quak (left) looks on during the Singapore National Team training on 6 August.


Gabriel Quak (Royal Thai Navy FC) – Thai League 1
Gabriel Quak played 76 minutes for Royal Thai Navy FC in a 2-0 lost to Sisaket FC in the third round of the Thai FA Cup.


Quak returned to Singapore earlier this week to train with the Singapore National Team when Fandi Ahmad conducted his first field training as National Team Head Coach at Geylang Field on 6 August.


Recent Fixtures
25/7/18: Royal Thai Navy FC 0-2 Sisaket FC (Thai FA Cup 3rd round)
28/7/18: Royal Thai Navy FC 0-2 Muangthong United (Thai League 1)
4/8/18: Royal Thai Navy FC 2-2 Chainat Hornbill (Thai League 1)

Zulfahmi Arifin on the pitch against BEC Tero Sasana on 25 July. (PHOTO: Chonburi FC)


Zulfahmi Arifin (Chonburi FC) – Thai League 1
Zulfahmi Arifin started in both of Chonburi FC’s recent matches in the Thai FA Cup.


He completed the full 90 minutes in a 4-1 win over BEC Tero Sasana in the third round, before playing 88 minutes as Chonburi crashed out of the competition with a 1-0 defeat to Ratchaburi.


Recent Fixtures
25/7/18: Chonburi 4-1 BEC Tero Sasana (Thai FA Cup 3rd Round)
28/7/18: Chainat Hornbill 0-0 Chonburi (Thai League 1)
1/8/18: Ratchaburi 1-0 Chonburi (Thai FA Cup QF)
4/8/18: Chonburi 1-2 Pattaya United (Thai League 1)


Baihakki Khaizan (Udon Thani FC) – Thai League 2
Baihakki played the full 90 minutes for Udon Thani FC in their two recent league matches.


Udon Thani are currently 11th in Thai league 2 with 25 points. With a mid-table packed with teams within five points of one another, Udon Thani’s results in the next few matches could either see them climb or continue falling down the league table.


Recent Fixtures
29/7/18: Udon Thani FC 2-2 Chiang Mai FC (Thai League 2)
4/8/18: Khon Kaen 1-0 Udon Thani FC (Thai League 2)


Izwan Mahbud (Yellow) in his club’s starting line-up to take on Krabi FC. (PHOTO: Nong Bua Pitchaya)


Izwan Mahbud (Nong Bua Pitchaya) – Thai League 2
Izwan Mahbud started in goal for Nong Bua Pitchaya in the last two matches, as the club took a point from both matches.


Nong Bua Pitchaya, who were once at the top of Thai League 2, are now fifth in with 38 points and trail fourth-placed Chiang Mai FC, having scored fewer goals.


Recent Fixtures
29/7/18: Samut Sakhon FC 2-1 Nong Bua Pitchaya (Thai League 2)
4/8/18: Nong Bua Pitchaya 1-1 Krabi FC (Thai League 2)


Hassan Sunny (pink) in the starting line-up to face Ang Thong United. (PHOTO: Army United FC Fan club)


Hassan Sunny (Army United) – Thai League 2
Hassan Sunny kept his fourth clean sheet in six matches during their latest 1-0 win against Ang Thong FC.


Army United stayed in sixth spot on 31 points following a run of five wins, a draw and a defeat in their last seven league games.


Recent Fixtures
29/7/18: Trat FC 2-0 Army United (Thai League 2)
5/8/18: Army United 1-0 Ang Thong FC (Thai League 2)