Raring to go — Thoughts from the Singapore Selection

The Singapore Selection will be facing off against the mighty Juventus FC tonight. But what are players thinking ahead of the kickoff? FFT finds out.

Forget the pasta and the pizza. The Singapore Selection side will get a real taste of Italian fare when they line up to take on the Serie A champions, Juventus Football Club on Saturday night.

To add spice to the occasion, the tie is also the first football match to be played at the magnificent dome that is the Singapore Sports Hub.

A daunting task indeed but what exactly will be going through the Singapore players’ heads as they prepare to walk out on to the pitch?

FFT certainly wanted to find out and we caught up with a few players from the Singapore Selection to hear what they would be thinking of in anticipation of the big clash.

Shahdan Sulaiman

I think I will be really happy. After all, it’s an honour to play against them. Watching them on TV and playing against them is two totally different things. It is a once in a life time experience for me so I am really looking forward to the challenge.

Hariss Harun

I will be excited and I won’t be able to wait for the game to start! I really hope to play a good game against them and for us as a team we are prepared well.  I have to step up and only with a test like this can players like me get better.

Afiq Yunos

The feeling will definitely be awesome because after all it is Juventus. I hope we can match against them. We will do our best and listen to our coach’s instructions.

Shaiful Esah

I will be feeling proud because it is an honour to play against them. We have to show them respect because they are the champions of Italy but the ball is round and anything can happen. I will give more than 100 percent in the match.

Gabriel Quak

I am taking this game like any other game and not looking at it like it is extra special. I will be focused because to play against a top team like this, we have to show respect for their achievements but not too much respect on the pitch. We will play our game and look to learn from them as well.

Baihakki Khaizan

For me, I just want to just enjoy the game. Quality wise, we are not on par with them and everybody knows that so I just want go out there, enjoy myself and also look to learn as much as I can.We have seen them on TV and it is my biggest challenge tomorrow. I will look to do my best to stop Tevez but at the end of the day it is a team game and the team needs to stay focused for 90 minutes.

Sahil Suhaimi

A lot will be going through my mind actually. I will try to not make myself too scared and try to be as cool as possible. I have been preparing for this game since we left for Austria and I want to do my best tomorrow on the pitch.