Singapore submits 35-man provisional squad for AFF Suzuki Cup
The tournament will be national coach Bernd Stange’s first major test since the Lions’ failed bid to qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup finals in Australia.
Thirteen players from the triumphant 2012 squad have been included in the list, although neither Fahrudin Mustafic, Hafiz Rahim nor Daniel Bennett has been called up since the German took the helm in May 2013.
LionsXII captain Isa Halim, who played a major role in 2012, missed out on selection, as did Warriors FC's S.League Young Player of the Year nominee Suria Prakash.
The final 23-man squad will be selected from this group after the Lions’ final warm-up matches against regional minnows Laos and Cambodia on Thursday and Monday respectively. Both games kick off at 8pm at Yishun Stadium.
Singapore will begin their title defence in the Group B opener against Asian Games quarter-finalists Thailand on 23 November at the National Stadium in the Singapore Sports Hub, followed by Radjoko Avramovic’s Myanmar on 26 November and Malaysia three days later.
Singapore's provisional AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 squad
Goalkeepers: 1 - Izwan Mahbud (LionsXII), 18 - Hassan Sunny (Warriors FC), 30 - Syazwan Buhari (Courts Young Lions), 35 - Rudy Khairullah (Courts Young Lions)
Defenders: 2 - Shakir Hamzah (LionsXII/Courts Young Lions), 3 - Shaiful Esah (Tampines Rovers), 4 - Afiq Yunos (LionsXII), 5 - Baihakki Khaizan (Johor Darul Takzim/LionsXII), 6 - Madhu Mohana (LionsXII), 9 - Faritz Hameed (LionsXII), 12 - Amirul Adli (Courts Young Lions), 13 - Ismadi Mukhtar (Tampines Rovers), 16 - Al-Qaasimy Rahman (Courts Young Lions), 21 - Safuwan Baharudin (LionsXII), 22 - Ismail Yunos (Warriors FC), 34 - Daniel Bennett (Warriors FC)
Midfielders: 7 - Gabriel Quak (LionsXII), 8 - Shahdan Sulaiman (Tampines Rovers), 11 - Faris Ramli (LionsXII/Courts Young Lions), 14 - Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Takzim), 15 - Fahrudin Mustafic (Tampines Rovers), 23 - Zulfahmi Arifin (LionsXII), 24 - Nazrul Nazari (LionsXII), 25 - Anumanthan Kumar (Courts Young Lions), 27 - Yasir Hanapi (Home United), 28 - Hafiz Sujad (LionsXII), 31 - Adam Swandi (Unattached)
Forwards: 10 - Fazrul Nawaz (Home United), 17 - Shahril Ishak (Johor Darul Takzim II), 19 - Khairul Amri (LionsXII), 20 - Khairul Nizam (LionsXII), 26 - Shahfiq Ghani (LionsXII), 29 - Hafiz Rahim (Warriors FC), 32 - Sahil Suhaimi (Courts Young Lions), 33 - Iqbal Hussain (Courts Young Lions)
Photo: Football Association of Singapore