National Team - Lions ● Jun 08, 2023
Nishigaya names squad for June international friendlies
Five debutantes in line to potentially get their first cap for the country
SINGAPORE, 8 JUNE 2023 – Singapore Men’s National Team Head Coach Takayuki Nishigaya has named his squad for the upcoming friendlies against Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands later this month. Of the 26-man strong squad, five players – Balestier Khalsa goalkeeper Hairul Syirhan, Hougang United defender Jordan Vestering, Tanjong Pagar United midfielders Fathullah Rahmat and Naqiuddin Eunos along with Young Lions captain Harhys Stewart – have received their first call up to the National Team.
Hariss Harun in last year International ‘A’ Friendlies against Maldives, December 2022.
Nishigaya has also opted to bring back a number of regulars in Adam Swandi, Amy Recha, Hariss Harun, Shah Shahiran, Shakir Hamzah, and Shawal Anuar, all of whom had sat out the March international window earlier in the year for various reasons. Lion City Sailors’ Lionel Tan retains his place in the squad after earning his first two caps against Hong Kong and Macau and scoring a goal in each of these matches. Shahdan Sulaiman along with the three Fandi siblings, Irfan, Ikhsan and Ilhan, will not feature as they continue their rehabilitation from their respective injuries. Tampines Rovers defender Amirul Haikal and Geylang International midfielder Huzaifah Aziz, both of whom were in line to be called up for these June friendlies, will also miss out after sustaining injuries in the Singapore Premier League (SPL), which will see them potentially on the sidelines for some considerable amount of time.
Vestering was pleased that his recent performances in the Singapore Premier League had caught the eye of Nishigaya. Having already represented the country at the Under-16, Under-19 and Under-22 age groups, he is eager to don the national team jersey once more at the senior level: “I am very honoured and grateful to have received this call up to represent my country. It is not something that I take for granted and I am thankful to the coaches and especially my family for all the support that they have given me the entire time. I will continue giving my all in every training and hopefully, if I am called upon for the matches, I aim to do my utmost best to help contribute to the success of the team.”
Nishigaya is eager to impress upon his charges the need not to take their opponents lightly despite the two fixtures being friendlies. He said, “The players from both Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have individual power and speed, and we will need to be prepared to counter that. It is always beneficial for our team to be exposed to different styles of play and these two opponents will offer us a good test.
“Our overseas players, apart from those who are injured, have recently joined new clubs, and in the case of Jacob Mahler and Song Uiyoung, they are moving to a new country. I feel that it is important for them to settle into their new clubs and new environments, and to establish and build up a strong base through a full pre-season so that they can be in optimum shape to be considered for our future matches this year.
Fathullah Rahmat in action at the Merlion Cup this year, March 2023.
“The five new players that I have called up have shown promise to be future National Team players. They have shown their potential, in their performances in the SPL but it is another big step up to senior international football. I want them to join us this week to gain the experience being in a national environment and be exposed to the higher intensity in training and in the matches, raise their levels of technique and improve how they handle duels and contact on the international front.”
The squad is set to link up on Monday 12 June for centralised training.
Tickets to the two Singapore National Team friendly matches are now on sale. Fans who purchase tickets to both matches as a bundle will be able to enjoy discounted prices for both the adult and concession prices. Sale of tickets are available online from fas.org.sg/tickets and http://sistic.com.sg as well as onsite on match days. Fans are urged to buy their tickets early online to avoid the queues on match day. All matches will kick off at 7.30pm at the National Stadium.
Singapore Men’s National ‘A’ Team Squad (June 2023)
|1||Hairul Syirhan||GK||0||0||21-Aug-95||Balestier Khalsa|
|2||Hassan Sunny||GK||104||0||2-Apr-84||Albirex Niigata (S)|
|3||Syazwan Buhari||GK||1||0||22-Sep-92||Tampines Rovers|
|4||Zharfan Rohaizad||GK||0||0||21-Feb-97||Lion City Sailors|
|5||Amirul Adli||DF||23||0||13-Jan-96||Geylang International|
|6||Anumanthan M||DF||32||0||14-Jul-94||Lion City Sailors|
|7||Irfan Najeeb||DF||1||0||31-Jul-99||Tampines Rovers|
|8||Glenn Kweh||DF||7||0||26-Mar-00||Tampines Rovers|
|9||Shakir Hamzah||DF||62||4||20-Oct-92||Tanjong Pagar United|
|10||Lionel Tan||DF||2||2||5-Jun-97||Lion City Sailors|
|11||Jordan Vestering||DF||0||0||25-Sep-00||Hougang United|
|12||Adam Swandi||MF||17||1||12-Jan-96||Lion City Sailors|
|13||Fathullah Rahmat||MF||0||0||05-Sep-02||Tanjong Pagar United|
|14||Hami Syahin||MF||16||0||16-Dec-98||Lion City Sailors|
|15||Hariss Harun||MF||120||11||19-Nov-90||Lion City Sailors|
|16||Ho Wai Loon||MF||5||0||20-Aug-93||Balestier Khalsa|
|17||Naqiuddin Eunos||MF||0||0||12-Jan-97||Tanjong Pagar United|
|18||Shah Shahiran||MF||12||1||14-Nov-99||Tampines Rovers|
|19||Harhys Stewart||MF||0||0||20-Mar-01||Young Lions|
|20||Zulfahmi Arifin||MF||59||1||5-Oct-91||Hougang United|
|21||Amy Recha||FW||11||0||13-May-92||Hougang United|
|22||Joel Chew||FW||2||0||9-Feb-00||Tampines Rovers|
|23||Faris Ramli||FW||75||11||24-Aug-92||Tampines Rovers|
|24||Daniel Goh||FW||2||0||13-Aug-99||Balestier Khalsa|
|25||Hafiz Nor||FW||22||2||22-Aug-88||Lion City Sailors|
|26||Shawal Anuar||FW||25||6||29-Apr-91||Lion City Sailors|
Singapore Men’s National Team Fixtures for June 2023
|Date & Time||Match||Competition||Venue|
|15 June 2023, Thursday, 7.30pm||Singapore vs Papua New Guinea||International ‘A’ Friendly||National Stadium|
|18 June 2023, Sunday, 7.30pm||Singapore vs Solomon Islands|
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