FFT Asia 50: Which are the five Singapore players who could make the list?
Safuwan Baharudin (LionsXII)
Arguably Singapore’s most exportable footballer at the moment, Safuwan Baharudin is presently a household-name-in-the-waiting.
The versatile defender or midfielder has improved by leaps and bounds since emerging from the National Football Academy in 2009, and is fast developing into a regional powerhouse.
The 23-year-old’s excellent stint at Melbourne City was another feather in the cap of a player who has represented Singapore at full national level on almost 50 occasions, and who can stand as a cornerstone in a new winning era for the country.
Throughout his career to date, Safuwan has never shied away from big contributions, with his performance in the final of the victorious 2012 ASEAN Football Federation Championship campaign, and his immediate impact helping LionsXII win the Malaysian FA Cup in May after his return from Australia, testament to that.
Exuding real presence on the pitch despite a slight frame, composed and possessing the battling spirit of a true Lion, another fruitful stint abroad could have Safuwan knocking on the door to the FFT Asia 50 soon.
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