FFT Players Ratings: Afghanistan vs Singapore

The Lions ended their World Cup qualifying campaign on a disappointing note after a 2-1 defeat to Afghanistan, but how did some of the players perform? 

Hassan Sunny 7

Hassan was his usual immaculate self in goal and showed a pair of safe hands by making a couple of crucial saves in each half. Was faultless for both Afghanistan’s goals.

Juma’at Jantan 6

Decent outing for the veteran, who only recently returned to the national team fold after two years out.

Showed good energy and surged forward to support the attack on a few occasions. Could even have scored his first Singapore goal if he had kept his header down from Hafiz Sujad’s cross.

Zulfahmi Arifin 5

It was quite an off-colour outing for ‘Zul’, who failed to get to grips with the speedy Afghan attackers on a number of occasions. Bewildering why Stange persisted with deploying a midfield playmaker at the heart of defence – clearly wasting the Home United man’s real talents.

Afiq Yunos 5.5

A rather rough afternoon for Afiq, who fluffed a defensive header which directly led to the Afghans’ first-half opener. Otherwise the 1.84m defender did pull off a few crucial interceptions, but a much more commanding performance is needed if he wants to succeed Baihakki Khaizan as a mainstay of the Singapore backline.

Shakir Hamzah 5.5

A strangely muted display from the usually combative left-back. Could have done better to stifle some of the danger that came down his flank.  

Hariss Harun 5.5

This was the sort of game which you need your midfield general to step up, but sadly Hariss failed to deliver. The Johor Darul Ta’zim man was unable to impose himself as much as he would have liked, allowing the Afghans to find openings on a number of occasions.

Safuwan Baharudin 6

Toiled hard, but still visibly somewhere off his best. Won the aerial duel with Afghan keeper Ovays Azizi in the build-up to Fazrul Nawaz’s goal, but should have done more of the same throughout the 90 minutes.

Yasir Hanapi 6.5

Made full use of his rare start in national colours by putting in a tireless shift on the right side. Could have done a bit more attacking-wise, but could not be faulted for running his socks off all night.

Shahril Ishak 5

Wasn’t the best of outings for the Singapore captain as he failed to provide the crucial link between midfield and attack. Dropped back to receive the ball on one occasion in the first half, but only managed to concede possession to the opponents.

Hafiz Sujad 6

Tried hard, but was not his usual bustling self in the game. With a number of attacks coming down his flank, he spent more time stifling out the danger rather than creating any.

Fazrul Nawaz 7

Held his own despite the lack of service all night. Dropped deep and down the flanks to try and influence the game. Was rewarded for his hard work late on when he benefited from Safuwan’s flick-on to score his second goal in as many games.