Richard Tardy made several changes to the U21 squad he called up last time round, with Young Lions duo Hami Syahin and Joshua Pereira among those not selected while former Boavista SC’s playmaker Mahathir and Stags’ Gautam earned his nod...
However, they and some others were released to the Under-19 side this time round, as they will be playing Bahrain U19 too on August 31 and September 3, in preparation for the September AFF U19 Championship, which they are slated to play a part in.
In their places, Young Lions goalkeeper Fashah Iskandar, unheralded Warriors midfielder Hafiz Sulaiman and most notably, Tampines Rovers’ Gautam S/O Selvamany, have been called up.
Gautam featured frequently for Tampines in the recently-concluded League Cup, and his silky displays have caught the eyes of the national selectors.
Former Brazil club Boavista SC’s reserve trainee Mahathir Azeman may also don the nation’s colours, as the Home United midfielder was named in Tardy’s squad.
Mahathir was previously selected in Tardy’s provisional squad list for the International Challenge Cup held in July, but was ultimately cut from the final squad.
Another surprise call-up was Illyas Lee, a youngster currently unattached to any sides.
Singapore Under-21 National Team
Goalkeepers: Fashah Iskandar (Garena Young Lions), Hairul Syirhan (Geylang International)
Defenders: Dhukilan S/O Jeevamani (Garena Young Lions), Illyas Lee (Unattached), Amirul Adli (Garena Young Lons), Khalili Khalif (Hougang United), Shahrin Saberin (Home United), Taufiq Muqminin (Garena Young Lions)
Midfielders: Gautam S/O Selvamany (Tampines Rovers), Mahathir Azeman (Home United), Amir Zalani (Home United), Fahrish Khan (Geylang International), Hafiz Sulaiman (Warriors), Faridzuan Fuad (Tampines Rovers), Shameer Aziq (Garena Young Lions) Zulfahdmi Suzliman (Garena Young Lions), Ryan Syaffir (Garena Young Lions), Jonathan Tan (Garena Young Lions), Toh Kian Keong (Home United), Yeo Hai Ngee (Home United)
Forwards: Adam Swandi (Garena Young Lions), Iqram Rifqi (Home United), Shafeeq Faruk (Garena Young Lions), Qayyum Hakim (Home United),
Singapore Under-19 National Team
Goalkeepers: Fadly Tamiri (Tampines Rovers), Adib Azahari (NFA U18), Zharfan Rohaizad (Garena Young Lions), Nonis Zephen-sean Anthony (NFA U18)
Defenders: Khairul Shari (Home United), Fadzyl Misawal (NFA U18), Shahrul Fazil (NFA U18), Rusyaidi Salime (Garena Young Lions), Amer Nazri (NFA U18), Amirul Onn (NFA U18), Syahrul Sazali (NFA U18), Shafie Muliantoh (Tampines Rovers), Firdaus Hassan (NFA U18)
Forwards: Andin Agustino (Tampines Rovers), Haiqal Pashia (NFA U18), Amiruldin Asraf (Home United), Syukri Bashir (NFA U18)