National Teams – Age-group ● Oct 22, 2021

Profile: Singapore Under-22 Men’s National Team

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SINGAPORE, 22 OCTOBER – In three days’ time, our Under-22 Men’s National Team will contest the AFC U23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022™ Qualifiers.

 

Led by Head Coach Nazri Nasir, the 23-strong squad will play Timor-Leste in their Group H opener on 25 October, followed by the Philippines on 28 October and finally defending champions Korea Republic on 31 October. All matches will be held at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

 

Having come close to qualification for the final tournament in our fourth attempt in 2019, the boys will be aiming to go one better this time. The group winners and four best second-placed teams from across 11 groups will advance to the AFC U23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022™ in June 2022.

 

With an average age of around 20.2 years, this team comprises three goalkeepers, seven defenders, 10 midfielders and three forwards, and is captained by Jacob Mahler. Full-back Raoul Suhaimi is the youngest in the squad at just 16 years and 37 days at the start of the tournament.

 

Five players were in the squad for the Qualifiers in 2019: Danish Irfan, Nur Adam Abdullah, Jacob Mahler, Saifullah Akbar and Arshad Shamim. Fifteen of the squad have not been involved in an international match at U22 level, while it is a first-time call-up to any international age-group level for Jordan Emaviwe and Jared Gallagher.

 

Below, you will find a closer look at each of the 23 who will fight to do Singapore proud next week!

 

GOALKEEPERS
Name: Dylan Pereira Singh
DOB: 31-Jul-00 (21 years)
Height: 1.75m
Club:
Young Lions
Squad number: 1

 

Formerly with Geylang International’s youth team last season, Dylan joined the Young Lions this season and went on to make his professional debut in April. The easy-going shot-stopper played thrice more and has impressed in his maiden campaign.

Name: Martyn Mun
DOB: 7-Jan-00 (21 years)
Height: 1.74m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 13

 

Another goalkeeper who made his professional bow this year, Martyn was thrown into a baptism of fire when he came on as a substitute for Balestier Khalsa against defending champions Albirex Niigata (S) but he put in an assured display in a 0-0 draw. Martyn moved to the Young Lions on loan in mid-season to boost their goalkeeping department.

Name: Ridhwan Fikri
DOB: 29-Apr-99 (22 years)
Height: 1.83m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 18

 

Having made his professional debut last season with the Young Lions, Ridhwan went on to establish himself as first-choice custodian this year. The former National Football Academy Under-18 player had a spell with National Football League 2 outfit GFA Victoria in 2019 and was part of the Singapore U18 squad for the AFC U19 Championship 2018 Qualifiers.

DEFENDERS
Name: Danish Irfan
DOB: 10-Mar-99 (22 years)
Height: 1.79m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 4

 

An experienced defender with over 50 career appearances, Danish made his debut in 2018 with Geylang International. The elegant centre-back, who can also deputise at left-back, joined the Eagles after graduating from the National Football Academy and has captained Singapore at the U19 level. He moved on to the Young Lions in 2020 and has featured regularly as well. Comfortable with either foot, Danish reads the game well and has a strong aerial presence.

Name: Jacob Mahler
DOB: 10-Apr-00 (21 years)
Height: 1.85m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 6

 

Unexpectedly promoted to the Young Lions first team in 2018, Copenhagen-born Jacob has since made huge strides in his career. After an injury delayed his debut that year, he impressed enough to earn a call-up to the Lions’ AFF Championship squad. A natural midfielder, Jacob brings aggression and desire to his game and is equally comfortable at centre-back and has made over 60 appearances in the Singapore Premier League. At the international level, he has represented Singapore from the U16 level onwards and has one goal in three senior caps. Jacob will captain the U22s at this tournament.

Name: Jordan Emaviwe
DOB: 9-Apr-01 (20 years)
Height: 1.93m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 3

 

A standout with his towering presence, Jordan made his professional debut last year while with Balestier Khalsa. Able to play in both central midfield and defence, the left-footed player spent time in Europe with Swiss second-tier FC Chiasso’s youth side and the U16 team of Italian outfit FC Castiglione. Jordan joined the Young Lions this season and has displayed composure on the ball and ability to play it out from the back.

Name: Nur Adam Abdullah
DOB: 13-Apr-01 (20 years)
Height: 1.68m
Club: Lion City Sailors
Squad number: 22

 

A breakout 2021 campaign with the Lion City Sailors has seen Nur Adam rocket into the mainstream. The left-back put in a series of dynamic displays to help his new club win their first Singapore Premier League title and was recognised with the AIA Young Player of the Year accolade. Nur Adam has represented Singapore at every level from U15 onwards and is also able to play as a centre-back. A solid defender who never gives up, he is also an attacking asset with his pinpoint crossing and technical ability.

Name: Raoul Suhaimi
DOB: 18-Sep-05 (16 years)
Height: 1.79m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 2

 

They say age is just a number and that certainly is the case for Raoul, who became the youngest ever debutant in Singapore Premier League history this year at just 15 years and 239 days old. The lanky full-back, who can play on both sides, is mature beyond his years and has been tipped for a bright future.

Name: Ryaan Sanizal
DOB: 31-May-02 (19 years)
Height: 1.75m
Club: Tampines Rovers
Squad number: 5

 

A commanding centre-back, Ryaan progressed through the National Football Academy before joining Tampines Rovers in 2019. He made his professional debut that year and went on to feature more regularly in 2020, when he also scored his first goal. This season, the defender has continued his progress and caught the eye with some solid displays during the Stags’ AFC Champions League sojourn.

Name: Ryhan Stewart
DOB: 15-Feb-00 (21 years)
Height: 1.80m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 16

 

An indefatigable presence on the right, Ryhan gives his all every time he is on the pitch. The right-back got his opportunity in 2019 with Warriors FC and took it with both hands by becoming a first-team regular despite his young age. The relentless Ryhan joined the Young Lions in 2020 after making his U22 debut the year before, and is also capable of playing in central midfield.

MIDFIELDERS
Name: Arshad Shamim
DOB: 9-Dec-99 (21 years)
Height: 1.70m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 20

 

Having come through the ranks at Home United, Arshad got his break in 2017 and flourished the following season with 11 starts in 21 games. The attacking midfielder, who can play anywhere across the attacking third but is usually deployed on the flanks, picked up the sport at seven and counts the likes of Shahril Ishak and Hariss Harun as his idols. A direct, tireless presence, Arshad also cites a tough mentality as one of his strengths.

Name: Daniel Goh
DOB: 13-Aug-99 (22 years)
Height: 1.72m
Club:
Young Lions
Squad number: 7

 

A tricky and fleet-footed attacker, Daniel got his start at Hougang United after coming through their youth system but blossomed the following season in 2019 for Balestier Khalsa. His electric performances saw him move to Albirex Niigata (S) but appearances were limited due to National Service, before he returned to regular action this year with the Young Lions. Daniel made his U22 debut during the Merlion Cup in 2019 and impressed as the team emerged victorious.

Name: Farhan Zulkifli
DOB: 10-Nov-02 (18 years)
Height: 1.62m
Club: Hougang United
Squad number: 11

 

Having only trained with the Hougang United first team for a few months, Farhan Zulkifli did not expect to be named in the starting line-up for a Singapore Premier League match in June 2019. However, the then 16-year-old took his chance with aplomb and scored a stunning goal just 12 minutes into his debut to help his side to a memorable 2-0 win. Since then, the diminutive attacker has arguably become a league veteran despite only turning 19 next month, having missed just two games over the past two seasons. Farhan can ply his trade on either side and has also adapted well to a wing-back role at club level this season.

Name: Harhys Stewart
DOB: 20-Mar-01 (20 years)
Height: 1.80m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 23

 

A classy operator in midfield, Harhys has taken to life in professional football swimmingly after making his debut last season. Like his brother Ryhan, he spent time in Dubai and Finland before returning to Singapore in 2015 and quickly progressed through the youth teams at the FAS Football Academy. A deep-lying player, Harhys keeps things ticking for the team and is also not averse to late runs into the box to take a shot.

Name: Jared Gallagher
DOB: 18-Jan-02 (19 years)
Height: 1.75m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 15

 

A versatile midfielder who can also play in defence, Jared was born in Singapore and grew up in Hong Kong. The half-Irish player last turned out for Kitchee SC’s U18s and reserves in 2020, and also trained with Tampines Rovers’ youth sides in 2019 and 2020. A promising talent who signed for the Young Lions after impressing on trial, Jared is relishing his maiden international age-group call-up.

Name: Joel Chew
DOB: 9-Feb-00 (21 years)
Height: 1.68m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 12

 

Capped at U16 and U19 level for Singapore, Joel is a graduate of the National Football Academy. He made his professional breakthrough with Tampines Rovers in 2019 and scored his maiden goal with a stunning effort against Hougang United in the league. Another glorious strike followed in the Singapore Cup final, which Tampines won. A nifty and skilful central midfielder, Joel likes to drift across the pitch to wreak havoc and has stood out for the Young Lions this season.

Name: Rezza Rezky
DOB: 8-Nov-00 (20 years)
Height: 1.72m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 14

 

A fierce competitor, Rezza makes the centre of the park his own when he takes to the field. A product of the National Football Academy, Rezza models his game after Spanish great Andres Iniesta and offers pace and vision to the team. He has made over 20 appearances since joining the Young Lions in 2019.

Name: Saifullah Akbar
DOB: 31-Jan-99 (22 years)
Height: 1.65m
Club: Lion City Sailors
Squad number: 10

 

A senior figure in the squad now, Saifullah is a silky-smooth midfielder who makes the engine room purr. A key figure at club level, an excellent campaign saw him win the 2020 AIA Young Player of the Year and he contributed immensely again as the Lion City Sailors picked up the league title this year. Saifullah has come a long way since making his professional debut in 2016 with Tampines Rovers and is now an established player at the international age-group level, while he also made his Lions bow earlier this June. Capable of pulling all the strings, he is a joy to watch when on his game.

Name: Shah Shahiran
DOB: 14-Nov-99 (21 years)
Height: 1.73m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 8

 

Another technically-gifted midfielder who makes playing look simple, Shah burst onto the scene in 2018 with Tampines Rovers and impressed enough to make nine appearances. The following year was the making of Shah as he started 23 out of 24 possible matches, establishing himself as one of the brightest young talents in Singapore. His elegant ways and slick passing range are coupled with a steely determination, making him a vital midfield cog.

Name: Zamani Zamri
DOB: 31-May-01 (20 years)
Height: 1.74m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 21

 

A product of the National Football Academy and having already represented Singapore at the U18 level, Zamani got his break in 2019 when he joined Albirex Niigata (S). In his maiden professional season, the attacker made 20 league starts and netted his first goal that year. Comfortable on either flank or through the middle, Zamani’s incisive play offers a different dimension to the team’s attack.

FORWARDS
Name: Glenn Kweh
DOB: 26-Mar-00 (21 years)
Height: 1.72m
Club: Young Lions
Squad number: 17

 

A striker with an eye for goal, Glenn made a perfect start to life in professional football by scoring on his debut just three minutes after coming on in a league match earlier this year. The former Home United U14 captain and NFA U15 star rose through the youth ranks before joining the Young Lions this season and has since netted one more goal in the league. An intelligent and composed player, Glenn’s cultured left foot is a big weapon.

Name: Khairin Nadim
DOB: 8-May-04 (17 years)
Height: 1.71m
Club:
Young Lions
Squad number: 19

 

At 17, young Khairin already has over 20 professional appearances under his belt. He made his debut for the Young Lions last year as the then-youngest ever player in league history. The waifish but skilful attacker continued his development this year and became the youngest player to hit the five-goal mark in league history in March. Khairin has also shown signs of adding to his all-round game, noticeably becoming more adept at bringing others into the game and the future looks bright for the talented youngster.

Name: Zikos Chua
DOB: 15-Apr-02 (19 years)
Height: 1.83m
Club:
Young Lions
Squad number: 9

 

Zikos first made waves in 2018 when his professional debut came at the age of just 16 for Geylang International. The following year, he scored five times in 11 league appearances to signal his potential, having already made his mark at the international age-group level from U14 level onwards. Born in Kastoria, the half-Greek forward moved to Singapore at 10 and possesses the profile of an out-and-out number nine with his sturdy built and hold-up play, while he is also lethal with his finishing and aerial presence. A serious knee injury halted Zikos’ progress in the second half of 2019 but he is now back and eager to fire.

 

 

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