National Team - Lionesses ● Aug 29, 2023

Provisional Lionesses squad named for 19th Asian Games


29 players in contention to book their spot in the squad to travel to Hangzhou
for the Lionesses’ Asian Games debut



SINGAPORE, 29 AUGUST 2023 – Singapore Women’s National Team Head Coach Karim Bencherifa today named a provisional squad of 29 players for the Lionesses’ upcoming Asian Games campaign in Hangzhou, China.


Coach Karim has retained a core of the squad from those that took part in the 32nd SEA Games in May, and recent friendly against Pakistan in July. Captain Siti Rosnani Azman, midfielders Farhanah Ruhaizat and Sitianiwati Rosielin, defenders Venetia Lim and Syazwani Ruzi, forward Nicole Lim, and veteran goalkeeper Noor Kusumawati – who will be potentially looking to make her 50th cap for the country in the Asian Games – have all been retained. Young talents Sarah Zu’risqha and Farah Nurzahirah, who each made their senior debut in the Pakistan friendly, will look to make their first appearance in a major tournament. Both players were instrumental during the friendly, Farah scoring her first goal for the country via Sarah’s pivotal assist.


Irsalina Irwan, who played her first full 90 minutes in the last friendly, and one of the eight recipients of the first overseas scholarship by the Unleash the Roar! (UTR) national football project, has also been called up to the squad, and will be returning from Florida next month to join the team for training.


Coach Karim has also introduced a host of fresh faces to the provisional squad, all of whom are potentially seeking their first senior cap at the tournament – 19-year-old midfielder Nasriah Ibrahim, who was part of the team that took part in last month’s AFF Under-19 Championship in Palembang, Indonesia, 19-year-old midfielder Rachel Chan, who represented Singapore for the first time this year in February with the Under-19 team for the AFC U20 Women’s Asian Cup 2024 Qualifiers in Vietnam as well as Tampines Rovers defender Nursabrinah Iskandar Shah, whose performances in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) have earned her a first provisional call-up to the senior team.


The provisional lineup will also include the return of midfielders Dorcas Chu and Mastura Jeilani. Dorcas has overcome anterior cruciate ligament injuries sustained in late 2022, while Mastura makes her comeback following her previous appearance in the 2022 SEA Games.


Vice-captain Stephanie Gigette in a training session, March 2023. 


Tampines Rovers’ Stephanie Gigette is looking forward to the Games, saying: “We are approaching the 2022 Asian Games with an unwavering sense determination and a strong desire to make our mark on the international stage. Representing Singapore fills us with immense pride, and we are acutely aware of the responsibility we carry as ambassadors of our nation.


Under the guidance of Coach Karim Bencherifa, who took the reins of our team in February this year, the players have undergone a transformative journey in our approach to the game. His coaching methods have not only elevated our skills but have also instilled a deep sense of unity and purpose within the squad. We are adapting and thriving in the dynamic training environment he has set up, which pushes us to exceed our limits every day.


With the support of our fans and the commitment of every player on this team, we are embracing the challenge that the Asian Games present. We are ready to showcase our dedication, sportsmanship, and the progress we have made as a team. This tournament is not just a competition for us; it’s a testament to our hard work, resilience, and the bright future we envision for women’s football in Singapore.”


Centralised training for the Lionesses will begin today, 29 August 2023. A final squad of 20 players will be named ahead of the team’s departure on Wednesday, 20 September 2023.


Singapore will face three-time Asian Games champions North Korea and Cambodia in Group C of the 19th Asian Games, which will take place from 23 September to 8 October 2023 in Hangzhou, China. Women’s football was included in the Asian Games for the first time in 1990, and the Lionesses have never participated in any of the previous eight editions; 11 teams competed in each of the past two editions.



Singapore Women’s National Team Provisional Squad for 19th Asian Games

S/N Name Pos Caps DOB Club
1 Noor Kusumawati GK 49 29-Sep-90 Lion City Sailors
2 Beatrice Tan GK 11 29-Jun-92 Lion City Sailors
3 Erlinawaty Jaffar GK 10 10-Nov-85 Hougang United
4 Haziqah Haszman GK 1 29-Apr-03 Tanjong Pagar United
5 Azura Azlan GK 0 12-May-03 Hougang United
6 Irsalina Irwan DF 4 01-Jan-07 Albirex Niigata (S)
7 Syazwani Ruzi DF 25 20-Dec-01 Lion City Sailors
8 Umairah Hamdan DF 27 11-Mar-02 Lion City Sailors
9 Rosnani Azman DF 37 22-May-97 Hougang United
10 Adrianna Hazeri DF 0 3-Jul-04 Tanjong Pagar United
11 Nursabrina Iskandar Shah DF 0 20-Feb-02 Tampines Rovers
12 Nurerwadah Erwan DF 2 26-Jun-04 Balestier Khalsa
13 Dhaniyah Qasimah MF 25 7-July-04 Tanjong Pagar United
14 Khairunnisa Anwar MF 9 21-Feb-03 Lion City Sailors
15 Venetia Lim MF 18 14-Oct-03 Lion City Sailors
16 Farhanah Ruhaizat MF 36 26-Jul-98 Tampines Rovers
17 Nasriah Ibrahim MF 0   1-Sept-04 Balestier Khalsa
18 Rachel Chan MF 0 25-Aug-04 Hougang United
19 Sitianiwati Rosielin MF 25 26-May-97 Police Sports Association
20 Stephanie Gigette MF 33 27-Sep-98 Tampines Rovers
21 Ho Hui Xin MF 32 23-Apr-92 Lion City Sailors
22 Afiqah Omar MF 7 15-Oct-01  Tampines Rovers
23 Sarah Zu’risqha MF 1 24-Jul-06 Albirex Niigata (S)
24 Dorcas Chu MF 18 29-Jul-02 Lion City Sailors
25 Mastura Jeilani MF 14 10-Jul-92 Balestier Khalsa
26 Qarissa Putri Ramadhani MF 0 24-Sep-08 Tanjong Pagar United
27 Farah Nurzahirah FW 1 13-Jan-04 Tanjong Pagar United
28 Raudhah Kamis FW 24 4-Mar-99 Hougang United
29 Nicole Lim FW 7 10-Apr-02 University of Edinburgh


19th Asian Games Group C Fixtures

Match Date Time Venue
24 Sep 2023, Sunday 7.30pm (SGT) Cambodia vs Singapore  

Wenzhou Sports Centre Stadium

27 Sep 2023, Wednesday 4pm (SGT) Singapore vs DPR Korea




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