Asian Cup qualifiers: Seven potential Singapore call-ups for Bahrain

These players were not called up by V. Sundramoorthy last year for the AFF Suzuki Cup, but they could force their ways into his plans this time as the Lions kick off their 2019 Asian Cup qualification third-round campaign away against Bahrain later this month.

Iqbal Hussain (Hougang United)

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The Lions struggled to find a cutting edge upfront throughout the disastrous 2016 Suzuki Cup campaign and one cannot not help but think of what could have been if Iqbal was not cut from the final squad.

The lanky 23-year-old does not just have goals in his game, but also the ability to wriggle out of tight situations and take defenders out of the equation.

He has carried on from where he left off last term, with one goal and one assist in two games this season despite having to come off the bench late on both occasions - making a strong case for a return to the national set-up.

Safirul Sulaiman (Geylang International)

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Safirul may had a mixed 2016 campaign, but has started the new season on a positive note by featuring in the heart of the Eagles engine room for their opening two matches.

The 24-year-old did not look out of place there, keeping things ticking with some key interceptions and incisive passes to the flanks.

Having been called up on a number of occasions previously, he is certainly no rookie at the international level.

Being able to play at left back or left midfield means his versatility is a real asset.

Al-Qaasimy Rahman (Geylang International)

Over the last couple of seasons, his career had stagnated and we felt fit to include him in our list of Singaporeans who were in danger of fading away. 

Credit where it is due, Al-Qaasimy has worked hard to earn back his first-team spot at Geylang this term and is proving his worth to coach Hasrin Jailani.

The former Singapore Under-23 captain capped off a good performance in the 2-0 win against Balestier Khalsa with his first-ever S.League goal — following up on Victor Coto's scuffed shot to poke home.

He should give the likes of Juma'at Jantan and Hafiz Sujad some stiff competition to be the Lions' starting left back.