National Team - Lions ● Sep 13, 2022

Singapore squad announced for September friendlies


23 players to travel for matches against Vietnam and India in Ho Chi Minh City


Shahdan Sulaiman at a training session, 10 June 2022


SINGAPORE, 13 SEPTEMBER 2022 – Singapore Men’s National Team Head Coach Takayuki Nishigaya today named a squad of 23 players for the FIFA international window later this month.


The Lions will travel to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for international ‘A’ friendly matches against Vietnam and India on 21 and 24 September respectively. Both will take place at Thong Nhat Stadium as part of a triangular tournament. (Update: the official name of the tournament is Hung Thinh International Football Tournament 2022)


The duo of Mukundan Maran and Joshua Pereira have been called up for the first time, while Ho Wai Loon and Hazzuwan Halim return to the squad having last featured in October 2018 and June 2021 respectively. While Shawal Anuar was in contention to be called up, his wife is expecting their first child soon.


Pereira, who has been capped at Under-22 level, said of his maiden senior call-up: “It was a pleasant surprise and a really good feeling. It is my first season back in football after two years of National Service and I have to thank my team-mates at Geylang International for pushing me every day to give my all. Training will be intense and I am really looking forward to learning from and playing alongside the senior players, as well as testing myself on the international stage.”


The matches are part of preparations for the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022, which begins on 24 December for Nishigaya’s charges when they kick off their Group B campaign against Myanmar at home.


Nishigaya said: “I have watched every AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) match to observe the players’ performances and picked a team that I believe deserve to be called up. I am looking forward to see what the new players can bring to the team. The bigger picture is the Mitsubishi Electric Cup at the end of the year and this window is part of our preparations for that.


“Vietnam and India are higher-ranked teams, and facing them will be a good challenge for us. We need to build up our confidence for when we play teams like these, which will also help us improve more. I know the Lions still have room to grow and the friendlies are another opportunity for the players to get used to my playing style and philosophy.”


The team will depart Singapore on 19 September.


Singapore Men’s National Team Squad for September 2022

S/N Name Pos Caps Goals DOB Club
1 Hassan Sunny GK 98 0 2-Apr-84 Lion City Sailors
2 Mukundan Maran GK 0 0 21-Jul-98 Hougang United
3 Zaiful Nizam GK 3 0 24-Jul-87 Geylang International
4 Amirul Adli DF 19 0 13-Jan-96 Lion City Sailors
5 Hariss Harun DF 113 11 19-Nov-90 Lion City Sailors
6 Irfan Fandi DF 41 1 13-Aug-97 BG Pathum United (THA)
7 Joshua Pereira DF 0 0 10-Oct-97 Geylang International
8 Nazrul Nazari DF 54 0 11-Feb-91 Hougang United
9 Ryaan Sanizal DF 1 0 31-May-02 Tampines Rovers
10 Ryhan Stewart DF 1 0 15-Feb-00 Chiangmai FC (THA)
11 Adam Swandi MF 14 1 12-Jan-96 Lion City Sailors
12 Hafiz Nor MF 14 2 22-Aug-88 Lion City Sailors
13 Hazzuwan Halim MF 4 0 2-Feb-94 Geylang International
14 Ho Wai Loon MF 2 0 20-Aug-93 Balestier Khalsa
15 M. Anumanthan MF 24 0 14-Jul-94 Lion City Sailors
16 Shah Shahiran MF 5 0 14-Nov-99 Young Lions
17 Shahdan Sulaiman MF 80 6 9-May-88 Lion City Sailors
18 Faris Ramli FW 69 10 24-Aug-92 Lion City Sailors
19 Glenn Kweh FW 3 0 26-Mar-00 Young Lions
20 Ikhsan Fandi FW 31 16 9-Apr-99 BG Pathum United (THA)
21 Ilhan Fandi FW 3 0 8-Nov-02 Albirex Niigata (S)
22 Song Uiyoung FW 12 3 8-Nov-93 Lion City Sailors
23 Taufik Suparno FW 3 0 31-Oct-95 Tampines Rovers


Singapore Men’s National Team Fixtures for September 2022

Date Match Competition Time Venue
21 September 2022, Wednesday Vietnam vs Singapore Hung Thinh International Football Tournament 2022 7pm (8pm SGT) Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City
24 September 2022, Saturday Singapore vs India