Asia 50: Five Singaporeans that could make it next year

A couple of Singaporeans received votes in this year's Asia 50 – namely Izwan Mahbud and Hariss Harun – but enough to make the cut. So, which Lions could make it next year?

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1. Hassan Sunny – Army United

At 32, Hassan Sunny should already be in the FourFourTwo Asia 50. But a combination of bad luck and injury has all-too often resulted in Hassan playing second fiddle in the national team, until 2014.

That was when his fortunes really changed for the better, as he stayed injury-free and became the first goalkeeper to win the S.League Player of the Year award in the 2014 title-winning year with Warriors.

Clubs came calling in 2015 but ultimately Hassan moved abroad and became the first Singaporean to play in the Thai Premier League with Army United.

Competition is stiff there but Hassan has made the number one position his own. His reflexes have become incredibly sharp, while his command of the box has not diminished despite the language barrier he faced in Thailand.

Hassan was even voted as among the top 20 goalkeepers in the world recently by a news publication in the UK, showing his exploits in Thailand have not gone unnoticed.

Goalkeepers tend to peak when they are in their 30s, so 2016 could be the year Hassan shows the world what he is really capable of and hopefully earn a place among our Top 50 next year year.