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75-cap Hassan Sunny ready for Singapore No.1 battle with Izwan Mahbud

Hassan Sunny came on in the second half against Mauritius to earn his 75th international cap for Singapore and is gunning to reach centurion status as well as hold off Izwan Mahbud’s challenge for a starting spot.

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Both stoppers have been in superb form this season in Thai League 2 with Hassan donning gloves for Army United while Izwan plays for Nongbua Pitchaya.

Despite his seniority over his counterpart, Hassan is not taking anything for granted as he aims to continue his reign as the Republic’s numero uno for the upcoming 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.

“This is our first time playing under Fandi (Ahmad) and both of us had playing time after such a long time away from international duty,” Hassan told FOX Sports Asia.

“I’m very happy personally because it is not easy for a goalkeeper to reach 75 caps, especially in this region.

“I was out for two years because of my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury and people told me I’ll never play football again but I’ve proved them wrong.

“Now for me to reach this landmark is a great achievement but I want to go for more if given the opportunity. I’ll do everything to don the gloves for Singapore and try and reach the 100-cap mark.”

The battle to be Singapore’s starting custodian has been a fierce one between Hassan and Izwan for the past few years and it was a similar case for Hassan when he first broke into the national team, where he had to go up against Lionel Lewis in the national team.