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
|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
|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|
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