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FFT's potential Singapore starting XI to face Afghanistan

This will be the last time Bernd Stange selects a starting 11 for Singapore and FourFourTwo predicts these are the players he will choose when the Lions take on Afghanistan.

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Singapore take on Afghanistan in their final joint World Cup and Asian Qualifier match in Group E with a squad that has been hit by several changes.

Left-back Shaiful Esah was replaced by Christopher Van Huizen due to injury, while it remains to be seen whether Irfan Fandi is called up to replace Faris Ramli (groin), who is also unavailable.

Midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman also did not travel with the squad, as his wife was in labour on the day of Singapore’s departure.

As such, FourFourTwo previews who are the likely candidates to start for the Lions in Tehran.

Goalkeeper: Hassan Sunny

After Hassan’s performance against Myanmar last week, it would be a travesty if he was not selected to play against Afghanistan.

The 31-year-old did nothing wrong all game and put in a few excellent saves to keep a spirited Myanmar at bay, so he should retain his spot at the back.

Right-back: Juma’at Jantan

Juma’at made his return from the international wilderness last Thursday and he looked like he had never left the team.

His involvement against Myanmar was sadly cut short by a knock he suffered but if he’s fit to go, he looks a good pick to start this game.

Centre-back: Afiq Yunos

Afiq was immense against Myanmar last week as he put his body on the line to keep his opponents at bay.

Against the much tougher and quick Afghans, Afiq will have his work cut out for him.

Centre-back: Baihakki Khaizan

The defender was left on the bench against Myanmar as a precaution after suffering a knock in training, but Baihakki should have recovered in time for this game.

Bai is one of the most experienced members of the team and he can help bring composure to the backline. Expect the towering 32-year-old to lead by example in this game.