Sundram recalls big guns for Bahrain friendly

Besides the inclusion of Iqbal Hussain, Sundram did not leave many surprised with his latest team selection... 

Singapore interim coach V.Sundramoorthy has called up a relatively experienced squad for the friendly against Bahrain on September 1.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced that Singapore will also play Hong Kong in October, as part of the Lions' preparations for the AFF Suzuki Cup.

“Bahrain and Hong Kong are good opponents. Hong Kong has good and physically strong players, some of whom are naturalised,” said Singapore coach Sundram.

"Their playing style is similar to some of our opponents at the AFF Suzuki Cup, and we are looking forward to the game. Bahrain, being 33 places above us in the FIFA World Ranking, will also be a good test for us.

"I have said before that it is important for us to have high-quality matches against strong opponents, so we are happy to have these matches lined up together with the Causeway Challenge against Malaysia on 7 October. They will certainly help us to gear up for the Suzuki Cup."

One-cap Iqbal Hussain earned a recall to the national team and he expressed his desire to cement his place within the national set-up.

“I am excited to be called up by Coach Sundram for the match against Bahrain. It shows that my hard work in the S.League has paid off, and I am looking forward to learning not just from him but also from the seniors in the team,” said Iqbal.

Singapore 24-man squad

Goalkeeper: Hassan Sunny, Izwan Mahbud

Defenders: Baihakki Khaizan, Faritz Hameed, Hafiz Sujad, Daniel Bennett, Shakir Hamzah, Nazrul Nazari, Madhu Mohana, Juma'at Jantan

Midfielders: Anumanthan Mohan, Hariss Harun, Hafiz Nor, Shahril Ishak, Izzdin Shafiq, Safuwan Baharudin, Yasir Hanapi, Zulfahmi Arifin, Gabriel Quak, Safirul Sulaiman, Azhar Sairudin

Forward: Sahil Suhaimi, Iqbal Hussain, Khairul Amri