Five young Singapore cubs to consider for the 2017 SEA Games
Kenji Syed Rusydi (Home United)
One player coach Richard Tardy must consider calling up for the SEA Games is Kenji Syed.
For now, Zharfan Rohaizad is the preferred custodian in the under-22 squad, understandably so given he has pulled off some top saves in the S.League.
But in Tardy’s last squad, the Frenchman called up two other Young Lions goalkeepers to be Zharfan’s back-up.
This is a risky move, as Hairul Syirhan and Fashah Iskandar — the reserve goalkeepers — are lacking in match fitness. If called upon to replace Zharfan for any reason, either goalkeeper will need some time to regain their sharpness.
Kenji is Singapore’s under-20 captain and he has been playing regularly for Home United’s Prime League side, keeping four clean sheets so far. The Protectors also have the best defence at that level, with only eight goals conceded in 10 games.
Gerald Ting (Hougang United)
Another player Tardy should keep an eye out for is Gerald Ting, although it is possible the youngster is already on his radar as Ting was formerly with the National Football Academy (NFA) under-18 squad.
Hougang recruited him during the 2017 mid-season transfer window and the defender recently made his debut for the club against league leaders Albirex Niigata (S) and did well despite coming up against hotshot Tsubasa Sano, one of the S.League’s current top-scorers.
Ting did not look out of place in that game, courageously jumping into tackles and showing plenty of spark in his league bow.
The 18-year-old looks set to have a bright future in the game, if he can build on his performance from that day.