Few Singapore players came out of the game against Cambodia with any credit as the Lions fell 2-1 on Thursday evening. FourFourTwo caught the game and gave its take on the players who played a part in the match...
Izwan Mahbud 6
Izwan cannot be faulted for conceding either goal, with the first being a sublime free-kick by Chan Vathanaka. The second goal came through a quick counter and his defence could have done with better marking.
He also made a few decent saves throughout the game, displaying his level of concentration.
Shakir Hamzah 4.5
With his experience, Shakir should know better than to commit silly fouls. But the defender did so on two occasions and was lucky to only earn a caution once. In any other game, it would not have been surprising if the Tampines left-back was sent off.
But Singapore still paid the price, with his cynical foul on Sos Suhana allowing Vathanaka to score from the resulting free-kick. For Tith Dita’s winner, Shakir and Abdil Qaiyyim were both guilty of not marking the forward and allowing him to stab the ball past Izwan.
Shakir must be given due credit for trying to provide width down the flanks, although there was little end product from him.
Abdil Qaiyyim 5.5
The Home United defender could have done better in his debut and it should be a disappointment to him that he did not keep Dita in check and allowed him to score.
That said, while most would try their best to impress in their first game for the country, Abdil kept it simple and he did not look overawed by the occasion.
Madhu Mohana 5.5
Madhu had a decent game but he will rue how he allowed Vathanaka to play the ball past him for Dita to slot past Izwan.
Still, Madhu was a presence at the back as Cambodia found it hard to find another way past him.
Faritz Hameed 6
Faritz was hard working all game but his partnership with Nazrul Nazri down the right proved to be ineffective.
Hafiz Sujad 6
As always, Hafiz cannot be faulted for a lack of trying. He hustled and put in crosses whenever possible, with one nearly resulting in a freak goal. Still, he can do with much more improvement with his final ball.
Nazrul Nazari 5
Surprisingly, Nazrul had a relatively quiet game despite being played in his favourite position on the right wing.
His trademark trickery on the ball was missing all night and his presence was hardly felt.
Izzdin Shafiq 6
Izzdin was his usual hard-working self and he helped Singapore retain a majority of the possession. It was his cross that led to Khairul Amri’s goal too.
Zulfahmi Arifin 6
The Home United player is finally being played in midfield once again and he looks so much at ease in the centre of the park.
His set-pieces were generally well-delivered and he looks capable of dictating play from the middle.
However, Zulfahmi needs to be more decisive with his passes at times and that should come with more experience. Unlucky not to have scored after his free-kick in the second half came off the bar.
Fazrul Nawaz 5.5
Fazrul would have rated lower if not for a marked improvement in his display in the second half. He was almost obscure in the first and only showed signs of life after the break.
His shot against the post in the second half showcased his predatory instincts as a striker, but he needs more service from his teammates too to be a bigger threat.
Khairul Amri (C) 6
Scoring a goal definitely helps raise your ratings and Amri did just that. The way he headed the ball and looped it over Cambodia goalkeeper Sou Yati was not easy to execute and the forward deserves praise for it.
Being not at 100 per cent, it can be understandable why Amri was not as big of a threat up front as he should be but the signs that he is slowly returning to his best are encouraging.