FAS ● Sep 05, 2018

OVERSEAS WATCH: Faris and Anders make history, Lions return for international duty


Faris Ramli and Anders Aplin made history in The Sultan of Selangor’s Cup and J. League respectively, while nine Lions plying their trade overseas were called up to the National Squad for the visit of Mauritius and Fiji


 Hariss Harun in training as the Lions prepare to face Mauritius and Fiji.


Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Ta’zim) – Malaysia Super League (MSL)
Hariss Harun was not in the squad when JDT played Kelantan FA and Kedah FA in their recent Malaysia Cup fixtures.


A 1-0 victory over Kelantan and a 3-1 defeat to Kedah saw the MSL champions stay third on six points after five matches.


A win in their final group match over group leaders MISC-MIFA, who are currently on eight points, would be sufficient for JDT to qualify for the Quarter-Finals.


Hariss was included in the Singapore National Squad for the pair of International Friendly matches against Mauritius and Fiji on 7 and 11 September respectively.


Recent fixtures
25/8/18: JDT 1-0 Kelantan (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)
31/8/18: Kedah FA 3-1 JDT (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)


 Safuwan Baharudin (back row, third from right) in the starting line-up to face PKNP. (PHOTO: Pahang FA)


Safuwan Baharudin (Pahang FA) – MSL
Safuwan Baharudin netted for Pahang FA in their 3-1 defeat to Selangor FA in the Malaysia Cup group stage on 1 September, their first loss in the competition this season.


After table-toppers Sabah claimed a 2-0 victory over PKNP the following day, Pahang qualified for the quarter-finals in second spot from Group D.


Recent Fixtures
25/8/18: Pahang FA 0-0 PKNP (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)
1/9/18: Pahang FA 1-3 Selangor (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)


Faris Ramli celebrates after scoring the winning penalty in the 2018 Sultan of Selangor Cup. (PHOTO: PKNS)


Faris Ramli (PKNS) – MSL
Faris Ramli became the first player from Singapore to win the Sultan of Selangor (SOS) Cup with the Selangor Selection side, scoring the decisive spot-kick in the penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.


The Singaporean winger won the SOS Cup last year with the Singaporean Selection side, and his match-winning contribution this year ended a run of three straight wins for the Singapore Selection.


On his return to club duty, Faris started in PKNS’ latest 2-1 win over Melaka United in the Malaysia Cup, a victory that was enough for PKNS to qualify for the quarter-finals with a game to spare.


Recent Fixtures
28/8/18: Felda United 0-1 PKNS (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)
1/9/18: PKNS 2-1 Melaka United (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)


Shahdan Sulaiman looks to pass the ball against PKNS. (PHOTO: Melaka United)


Shahdan Sulaiman (Melaka United) – MSL
Shahdan Sulaiman scored a free-kick in Melaka United’s 6-1 victory over PDRM on 26 August in the Group B of the Malaysia Cup.


The midfielder also featured in Melaka United’s 2-1 defeat to PKNS on 1 September, when he faced Faris Ramli in a clash of Singapore Internationals.


Felda United’s 2-0 win over PDRM on the same night meant that Melaka United had no chance of catching both PKNS and Felda in Group B, sealing their Malaysia Cup fate with a game to spare.


Recent Fixtures
26/8/18: PDRM 1-6 Melaka United (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)
1/9/18: PKNS 2-1 Melaka United (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)


Anders Aplin dons the jersey of his new club, Matsumoto Yamaga FC.


Anders Aplin (Matsumoto Yamaga FC) – J2 League
Anders Aplin was officially unveiled as a Matsumoto Yamaga FC player on 17 August, making him the first Singaporean to ever sign with a J. League club.


The Geylang International FC Captain penned a loan deal with the J2 League club for the rest of year, with a view to extend the loan move next season.


Anders has yet to debut for his new club.


Hassan Sunny in action during the Lions practice at Geylang Field.


Gabriel Quak (Royal Thai Navy FC), Zulfahmi Arifin (Chonburi FC), Baihakki Khaizan (Udon Thani FC), Izwan Mahbud (Nong Bua Pitchaya) and Hassan Sunny (Army United) did not play a competitive match over the past fortnight.


Baihakki Khaizan shares a light-hearted moment with Shahril Ishak at the Lions training session.


Hariss Harun, Safuwan Baharudin, Faris Ramli, Shahdan Sulaiman, Zulfahmi Arifin, Gabriel Quak, Baihakki Khaizan, Izwan Mahbud and Hassan Sunny were all called up to the Singapore National Team to face Mauritius on 7 September and Fiji on 11 September.


Both matches will kick-off at 7.30pm at the Bishan Stadium.


Tickets are available from fas.org.sg/tickets and onsite on match-days. Fans are urged to buy their tickets early online to avoid the queues on match-day.