National Team - Lions ● Sep 26, 2019
Tatsuma names 23-strong Lions squad for October’s World Cup 2022 qualifiers
SINGAPORE, 26 SEPTEMBER 2019 – Singapore National Team Coach Tatsuma Yoshida today named his 23-strong squad to face Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan in their third and fourth Group D matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 campaign next month.
Firdaus Kasman had been handed his first call-up since March 2016 and the Geylang International midfielder has the opportunity to add to his seven caps, having last played for the Lions in June 2015 as a substitute in a 0-0 away draw against Japan in World Cup qualifying.
Hougang United winger Farhan Zulkifli is the other new face in the squad, having been handed his maiden call-up; the 16-year-old is one of three uncapped players in the team.
Tatsuma said: “Both Firdaus and Farhan have performed well on a consistent basis in the Singapore Premier League this season, and have kept up their form over the past month.
“Geylang have done well of late and Firdaus has played a key part from central midfield; he is a hard worker, has good passing attributes and adds balance to the team. Farhan is a young boy and his inclusion might surprise some people, but he has featured regularly for Hougang’s first team; of course, he still has room to improve.”
The Lions will play Jordan in an international ‘A’ friendly in Amman on 5 October as preparation for the match against Saudi Arabia on 10 October in Buraidah, before returning home to face Uzbekistan at the National Stadium on 15 October.
Tatsuma said: “We will use the game against Jordan to fine-tune our ideas ahead of the Saudi Arabia match, as well as get used to the time difference and weather conditions there.
“Saudi Arabia is the highest-ranked team in our group, strong both technically and physically, but we always aim to get a result when we play. We want to try to bring back the three points. We go with no fear and a challenger’s mentality.”
The match against Saudi Arabia will be broadcast LIVE online on Mediacorp’s Toggle platform at toggle.sg.
The Lions depart Singapore in the morning on 3 October and arrive back on the morning of 12 October.
UPDATE: Shakir Hamzah withdrew due to injury on 2 October and was replaced by Zulfahmi Arifin.
Singapore National Team Squad for October 2019
|1||Hassan Sunny||GK||83||0||2-Apr-84||Army United (THA)|
|2||Izwan Mahbud||GK||48||0||14-Jul-90||Nongbua Pitchaya (THA)|
|3||Zharfan Rohaizad||GK||0||0||21-Feb-97||Young Lions|
|4||Amirul Adli||DF||9||0||13-Jan-96||Tampines Rovers|
|5||Baihakki Khaizan||DF||135||5||31-Jan-84||Trat FC (THA)|
|6||Darren Teh||DF||0||0||19-Aug-96||Geylang International|
|7||Irfan Fandi||DF||22||1||13-Aug-97||BG Pathum United (THA)|
|8||Nazrul Nazari||DF||34||0||11-Feb-91||Hougang United|
|9||Safuwan Baharudin||DF||91||11||22-Sep-91||Pahang FA (MAS)|
|10||Zulqarnaen Suzliman||DF||9||0||29-Mar-98||Young Lions|
|11||Farhan Zulkifli||MF||0||0||10-Nov-02||Hougang United|
|12||Firdaus Kasman||MF||7||0||24-Jan-88||Geylang International|
|13||Hami Syahin||MF||1||0||16-Dec-98||Home United|
|14||Hariss Harun||MF||96||10||19-Nov-90||Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS)|
|15||Shahdan Sulaiman||MF||60||4||9-May-88||Tampines Rovers|
|16||Yasir Hanapi||MF||33||1||21-Jun-89||Tampines Rovers|
|17||Zulfahmi Arifin||MF||42||1||5-Oct-91||Hougang United|
|18||Fareez Farhan||FW||1||0||25-Jul-94||Geylang International|
|19||Faris Ramli||FW||53||9||24-Aug-92||Hougang United|
|20||Gabriel Quak||FW||31||5||22-Dec-90||Warriors FC|
|21||Hazzuwan Halim||FW||0||0||2-Feb-94||Balestier Khalsa|
|22||Ikhsan Fandi||FW||14||6||9-Apr-99||Raufoss IL (NOR)|
|23||Shawal Anuar||FW||7||1||29-Apr-91||Geylang International|
National Team Fixtures for October 2019
|5 October 2019
(12 am SGT)
|Jordan vs Singapore||Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan||N.A|
|10 October 2019
(1 am SGT, 11 Oct, Friday)
|Saudi Arabia vs Singapore||King Abdullah Stadium, Buraidah, Saudi Arabia|
|15 October 2019
|7.45pm||Singapore vs Uzbekistan||National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub||$15.00||$10.00|
Tickets can be purchased at fas.org.sg/tickets.
Fans who have purchased tickets to watch the Singapore vs Uzbekistan World Cup Qualifier on 15 October 2019 at the National Stadium will be entitled to a 30% discount on either one of the Brazil Global Tour 2019 in Singapore matches. The promotion ends on 6 October 2019.
*Abovementioned ticket prices do not include ticketing fees