FFT’s potential Singapore starting XI to face Bahrain

What will it be for Sundram this time against Bahrain? Will he experiment with the squad once again, or go for a tried-and-tested formation with our strongest line-up possible? Here are FFT's picks for the starting XI... 

Only two months and a half remain till the Suzuki Cup commences, and Singapore interim coach V.Sundramoorthy has declared that his main squad is nearly finalised.

With his plans nearly firmed up, it can be safe to assume Sundram will field his strongest starting 11 to see how he can tweak tactic and strategies to suit his players.

This time, Sundram can call upon the likes of Hariss Harun, Baihakki Khaizan, Shahril Ishak, Safuwan Baharudin and Hassan Sunny.

The quintet missed out in the friendly against Cambodia as they had their respective clubs’ obligations to fulfil.

So will Sundram field all five players against Bahrain? FourFourTwo takes a shot at predicting who will start for Singapore on Thursday.

Singapore vs Cambodia starting 11

GK: Izwan Mahbud

LB: Shakir Hamzah

CB: Abdil Qaiyyim

CB: Madhu Mohana

RB: Faritz Hameed

LM: Hafiz Sujad

RM: Nazrul Nazari

CM: Izzdin Shafiq

CM: Zulfahmi Arifin

FW: Fazrul Nawaz

FW: Khairul Amri (C)

Goalkeeper: Hassan Sunny

Will it be Izwan or Hassan? Of the two goalkeepers, Hassan’s physique might be an advantage against Bahrain.

Middle-Eastern teams tend to be bulky and are a huge threat aerially but Hassan should be able to match them easily when it comes to collecting crosses or set-piece deliveries.

Left-back: Shakir Hamzah

If FourFourTwo had to guess, Shakir Hamzah would probably start ahead of veteran Daniel Bennett for this game, simply because of his age.

The latter may be a superb defender but at 38, he might not be able to last the whole game against Bahrain. His reading and experience will come in handy, but probably in the latter stages of the match.

Right-back: Juma’at Jantan

Juma’at missed out on a spot in Sundram’s last spot, but he has done well to earn a recall and should slot in defence, at right-back.

His other two competitors are Faritz Hameed and Nazrul Nazari. What should give Juma’at the edge is his experience though, as the 32-year-old has played his fair share of international matches.

Despite being over 30, Juma’at is still capable of making marauding run down the right flanks while putting in decent crosses.


Centre-back: Baihakki Khaizan

Against Cambodia, it felt Bai’s absence made a huge difference as the defence lacked an experience head to keep things calm at the back.

The towering defender is not afraid to get stuck in and throughout the years, he has honed his tackling abilities and timing. This is one player Sundram will rely on heavily for the upcoming Suzuki Cup.

Centre-back: Madhu Mohana

If it is all about familiarisation, then Madhu should get the nod to start alongside Bai. The two have played alongside each other for the past few years while on international duty and are a solid pair, when on form.