Analysis

Heartbreak kid Iqbal Hussain looking for AFF Suzuki Cup salvo with Lions

After the heartbreak of being left out of the 2015 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games squad, Iqbal Hussain is ready to fulfill his true potential with the Singapore national team.

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He deferred his national service commitments thrice to prepare for the 2015 SEA Games held on home soil but things didn’t go his way, as he narrowly missed out on Aide Iskandar’s final 20-man squad.

While that dark period will always be at the back of his mind, Iqbal is ready to use the painful experience in his quest for a spot in Fandi Ahmad’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.

That desire to overcome disappointment came to the fore last month, when Iqbal had to drop out of Fandi’s plans for Fiji and Mauritius after suffering a rib injury from club duties with Hougang United.

He thought his chance to don the red jersey had gone begging once again but Fandi threw him a lifeline by starting him in the 2-0 win over Mongolia last Friday.