2007 SEA Games bronze medallists: Where are they now?

It was exactly ten years ago that the Young Lions attained a medal at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games for the first time since an age limit was imposed on the football competition in 2001. Did the starting 11 go on to be national stalwarts? FFT takes a look... 

The Singaporeans progressed into the semi-finals after finishing second in their group, with respective 0-0 and 1-1 draws against Laos and Malaysia sandwiching a 3-2 win over Vietnam.

They failed to progress to the final after a heavy 3-0 defeat at the hands of hosts and eventual champions Thailand, but bounced back in the best possible manner by thrashing Vietnam 5-0 to clinch the bronze medal.

So, where are those who played in the bronze medal playoff?

Hassan Sunny

Some fine performances in between the sticks throughout the tournament earned him a big move to Tampines Rovers from Geylang United (now Geylang International) in 2008.

After four seasons with the Stags, he left for Warriors in 2012 and helped the club to win the 2014 S.League title. His creditable displays that year earned him recognition by his peers as he became the first goalkeeper to win the S.League Player of the Year award and secured a move to Thailand's Army United in 2015.

Two good seasons in the Thai top-flight earned the 32-year-old worldwide recognition as he was ranked 18th in the Telegraph's list of the world's top 20 keepers in 2016.

Hassan ultimately failed to help the club escape relegation though and is now back in the S.League with Home United.  

Juma'at Jantan

After the tournament, the flying full-back continued to play for Home United  till 2011, winning the Singapore Cup final that year, before being lured by the LionsXII project the following year.

He lasted just a season there though as the club finished second in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) and semi-finalists in the Malaysia Cup in their inaugural year, before subsequently returning to Home.

Juma'at won the Singapore Cup again in his first season back with the Protectors in 2013 and has stayed at Bishan till now. The club recently held a testimonial match for him in recognition of his long service.

On the international front, the 33-year-old was recalled after a two-year hiatus and is now an integral part of V.Sundramoorthy's Lions squad.

Ismail Yunos

Blessed with great physique and good reading of the game, Ismail's talent was noticed at a young age and he was a rock in defence during that tournament.

His club career didn't exactly take off thereafter though, staying with the Young Lions till 2008 before leaving for Home.

He spent two years with the Protectors, before joining Gombak United in 2011 but was forced to find another club the following year as the Bulls sat out the S.League due to financial woes.

Ismail subsequently re-joined Home in 2013 but left after just a season. He then joined Warriors FC midway through the 2014 season and played an instrumental role in the club's title triumph that year.

The once-promising youngster went to Tampines in 2015 but did not play much due to injuries. It was the same case when he returned to the Warriors the following year as he decided to hang up his boots at the end of the season.

The 30-year-old is now doing part-time coaching with JSSL Singapore along with former S.League stars like Aliff Shafaein, Rezal Hassan and Hamqammal Shah.

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