FFT’S SEA Games XI: Who made our list of the region's best youngsters?

Thailand won their third consecutive SEA Games gold medal and dominated FourFourTwo’s team of the tournament, but there were several Malaysians, Indonesians and a Myanmar international that also shined. Here’s who our Southeast Asian writers picked as the best 11 …

GOALKEEPER: NONT MUANGNGAM, THAILAND

Kawin Thamsatchanan is arguably the best goalkeeper in Southeast Asia at present but it seems like Nont, the talented goalkeeper from Chiangrai United, could be the next one in line.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper, who was raised in Europe as his parents moved to France when he was young, has shown his ability and went six matches without conceding a goal at the Games.

His training in France with Nancy since the age of 12 gives him a big advantage over other young goalkeepers in the region.

His biggest strength is shot-stopping. Nont is also agile but still needs to show more confidence when coming out to claim crosses.

Impressively, he has yet to be beaten from open play since he started his professional career this year.

RIGHT-BACK: MATTHEW DAVIES, MALAYSIA

The Malaysian international did not line-up as a right-back in the tournament as he was played on the right side of midfield in a 3-4-3 formation, but considering there weren’t many standout performers in other teams and that this is his natural position, Davies gets our nod.

He has played right-back since his days back in Australia and has been among the more consistent Malaysians in the tournament.

Davies made 17 crosses against Brunei as he was allowed plenty of space. He also ventured forward a lot against Singapore and Myanmar but was forced to backtrack often against the quality the Indonesians and Thais possessed.

He ensured Febri Hariyadi and Sasalak Haiprakhon did not have free rein against the hosts. Davies was essentially a right-back in a five-man backline when Malaysia was under pressure.

CENTRE-BACK: SARINGKAN PROMSUPA, THAILAND

His performance has proved the importance of rising up the levels through the professional leagues in Thailand.

Saringkan currently plays for Rayong FC, a Thai League 2 side, but the experience gained from facing foreign strikers in the league has helped him improve quickly over the past two years. He put out an amazing performance at the SEA Games.

The 20-year-old did not make the starting line-up in the first game against Indonesia but later showed his worth in the following games. In the final game of the group stage against Vietnam, he was calm facing the speedy Vietnamese attackers.

The combative defender is a good reader of the game. Thailand didn’t concede a goal when Saringkan was on the pitch.

CENTRE-BACK: HANSAMU YAMA, INDONESIA

He received plenty  ​of​ ​criticism​ ​from​ ​Indonesian​ ​fans​ ​because​ ​he​ ​injured​ ​Irfan Bachdim​ ​weeks​ ​before​ ​AFF​ ​Suzuki​ ​Cup​ ​2016,​ ​but Hansamu has been playing​ ​like​ ​the​ ​incident​ had little effect on him mentally.​ ​Instead,​ ​he has become​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​centre-back​ ​that​ ​Indonesia​ ​have among their ranks.

He​ ​showed​ ​it​ ​at the Suzuki​ ​Cup,​ ​again​ ​in the AFC​ ​Under-23 qualifiers​ ​and​ ​now​ ​once more in​ the ​SEA Games.​ ​His​ ​presence​ ​allowed Indonesia​ ​to be​ ​really​ ​solid​ at the back – not always their strength – ​and​ ​Luis​ ​Milla’s​ ​team​ ​missed​ ​him​ ​when​ ​he​ ​was suspended for the semi-final against Malaysia.

There’s​ ​a​ ​possibility Indonesia​ ​would​ ​have​ ​not​ ​conceded​ N. ​Thanabalan’s​ ​sole​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​the game​ ​if​ ​Hansamu had played.​ ​He’s​ ​good​ ​in​ ​the​ ​air,​ ​brilliant​ ​at​ ​tackling and reads​ ​the​ ​game well. He​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​his​ ​temperament though.