FFT’s potential Singapore starting XI to face Vietnam
V.Sundramoorthy got his Singapore career off to a winning start but a laboured 1-0 win suggested he has plenty of work to do with the Lions.
Singapore next face Vietnam in the AYA Bank Cup final and the starting 11 could very well differ from the one Sundram put out against Myanmar.
Goalkeeper: Hassan Sunny
International experience: 54 caps
Sundram might opt to give Izwan Mahbud a chance here, but FourFourTwo believes he should not tinker with something if it is working fine.
Hassan performed with distinction against Myanmar and should be given a start here.
Right-back: Nazrul Nazari
International experience: 15 caps, 0 goals
Having missed the cut in April, Nazrul said he would not be taking his recall to the national team for granted.
He had a nervy start against Myanmar but grew in confidence as he went on. He put in a few decent crosses and should retain his place.
Centre-back: Baihakki Khaizan
International experience: 123 caps, 5 goals
Baihakki was immense in the air for Singapore against Myanmar but he gave away a few needless fouls.
As the most experienced centre-back, Bai’s presence will be vital. But he needs to put on the matured displays fans have grown accustomed to over the years, against Vietnam.
Centre-back: Madhu Mohana
International experience: 13 caps
Hariss Harun was used in this position last time round and the Singapore vice-captain could do no wrong.
However, with Madhu finally available after he served his international suspension, Sundram might be tempted to slot him alongside Bai.
The partnership worked before and this is a good time for Sundram to test it out and see whether he wants to continue with this pairing, as the Suzuki Cup approaches.
Left-back: Hafiz Sujad
International experience: 27 caps, 1 goal
Looking at the left-back position, you are hard-pressed to find somebody more suitable than Hafiz.
The stocky Tampines Rovers man always does his best and his overlapping runs will be welcomed.
Centre midfield: Safuwan Baharudin
International experience: 58 caps, 5 goals
It has been a while since Safuwan stole the headlines and we will be kidding ourselves if we say he has been at his best.
But the defender-turned-midfielder is still one of Singapore’s current best players, with his ball-winning and aerial abilities still important assets that the Lions could use.