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Fairoz Hasan gives up Singapore dream and shifts focus to Geylang Eagles

With renewed vigour, Fairoz Hasan has been a revelation for Geylang International in the Singapore Premier League (SPL) this season and he hopes to maintain that form when Home United FC visit Bedok Stadium on August 15, Wednesday.

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For years, Fairoz has never been seen as a rich source of goals despite being played in a forward role. In fact, he only banged in three goals last season.

But the forward has been in a rich vein of form of late, scoring seven goals this season to record a career-high tally. Six of those have come in Geylang’s last ten games, mitigating somewhat the loss of star striker Shawal Anuar due to injury.

Fairoz explained that his upturn in fortunes has had more to do with an adjustment in mindset, especially since he knew that the Eagles would be missing seven-goal Shawal for the foreseeable future.

“Nothing much has changed, except maybe I have gained more confidence to score and started to believe in myself again and it’s a wonderful feeling,” Fairoz said.

“Shawal is one of the key players for Geylang and we did feel a void after his ACL injury.

“But we had to move on and continue playing as a team. I am always trying my best to score for the team as a striker, no matter what the circumstances are.”

Surprisingly, Fairoz shared that breaking into the national team was not a main target of his game anymore.

He will be targeting to score again against Home, having found the back of the net in Geylang’s last game to salvage a 2-2 draw with Brunei DPMM FC, but that is with the sole intention of helping his club climb the ladder.

“Breaking into the national team used to be my main aim, but my priorities may have changed after being in the industry for more than 10 years,” he added.

“I do hope that things get better for Singapore football and wish them all the best.”

The forward will have it all to do though, as Home are in the mood for three points after clinching the AFC Cup ASEAN zonal championship and almost dished out a 1-0 defeat to the White Swans before Wataru Murofushi hit home a late equaliser.