Stange names squad for Bahrain test

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Singapore national team coach Bernd Stange has called up 19 players for the friendly game against Bahrain on Friday, 7 November.

The match will serve as an opportunity to iron out any kinks in the side before the Lions begin their AFF Suzuki Cup defence against Thailand on 23 November.

With that in mind, Stange has named what is believed to be the majority of the squad he will use in the tournament for the Bahrain clash, bar the absentees from Home United and Tampines Rovers who will respectively be contesting the Singapore Cup final and third place playoff later this week.

“We are in the final stretch of preparations before the Suzuki Cup kicks off later this month, and are taking this match against a top Asian team very seriously," the Lions' boss said in a statement released by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

“This match will also give us a chance to fine-tune our tactics and I hope to see my players put on a strong performance against Bahrain."

Several players will come under the scrutiny of the German, who criticised the team and singled out Baihakki Khaizan for blame after October's poor 2-2 draw with Macau.

Teenage defender Amirul Adli and his Courts Young Lions team-mate Mahummad Al-Qaasimy will provide competition for their more-established seniors, while Faritz Hameed and Hafiz Sujad are also selected in the absence of Shaiful Esah and Shahdan Sulaiman.

The squad, with an average age of 24, departs for the match to be played at Bahrain National Stadium on Tuesday.

Singapore squad for Bahrain:

  1. MOHAMAD IZWAN, 24, LionsXII, GK
  2. HASSAN SUNNY, 30, Warriors FC, GK
  3. MAHUMMAD AL-QAASIMY, 22, CYL, DF
  4. BAIHAKKI KHAIZAN, 30, LionsXII, DF
  5. AFIQ YUNOS, 24, LionsXII, DF
  6. AMIRUL ADLI AZMI, 18, CYL, DF
  7. SAFUWAN BAHARUDIN, 23, LionsXII, DF
  8. SHAKIR HAMZAH, 22, LionsXII, DF
  9. HAFIZ ABU SUJAD, 24, LionsXII, MF
  10. HARISS HARUN, 24, Johor Darul Takzim 1, MF
  11. ZULFAMI ARIFIN, 23, LionsXII, MF
  12. FARITZ ABDUL HAMEED, 24, LionsXII, MF
  13. FARIS RAMLI, 22, LionsXII, MF
  14. SHARIL ISHAK, 29, Johor Darul Takzim 2, MF
  15. GABRIEL QUAK, 24, LionsXII, MF
  16. SHAHFIQ GHANI, 22, LionsXII, FW
  17. KHAIRUL AMRI, 29. LionsXII, FW
  18. SAHIL SUHAIMI, 22, CYL, FW
  19. KHAIRUL NIZAM, 23, LionsXII, FW

Photo credit:Football Association of Singapore