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Fandi and sons return to SPL duties as Young Lions take on champions Albirex

Zulqarnaen Suzliman believed that his recent exploits for Singapore will have motivated his Young Lions teammates when they take on Albirex Niigata FC (S) at Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday in the Singapore Premier League (SPL).

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In recent years, the Singapore national team rarely features many Young Lions players within their ranks at one go.

More than likely, players from one of the bigger clubs in Singapore would be called upon instead.

But that all changed with the recent Singapore call-up, as Irfan Fandi, Zulqarnaen Suzliman Hami Syahin, Jacob Mahler and Ikhsan Fandi all made the list.

And these players, including Zulqarnaen, showed that who you play for mattered little, after he recently made his Singapore debut alongside his brother Zulfadhmi Sulizman in a 1-1 draw with Mauritius last weekend.

“I’m happy and blessed to get my first cap for the National Team. It’s an honour to be part of the team. I’ll remember this moment for the rest of my life,” he said.

Now back with his club after the international break, the Young Lions defender has backed his uncapped teammates to put themselves into the national selectors’ radar too.

This starts with the upcoming game against SPL champions Albirex, where a good performance will surely be needed for the White Swans to be denied a share of the points.

“The squad has been training hard, everyone wants to prove their capability in the team,” he said.

“But it’s up to the coach who pick the team. Football it’s not only about the first 11 but the rest of the players as well. Everyone has to be ready to be call upon.”