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Lions in Malaysia: Hariss in the goals for Singapore; Safuwan handed captaincy in Cambodia

FourFourTwo brings you a weekly watch on what the stars of Singapore football Shahdan Sulaiman, Faris Ramli, Safuwan Baharudin and Hariss Harun are up to both on and off the pitch in Malaysia.

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Shahdan Sulaiman – Melaka United

Photos sourced from FAS FB & Shahdan IG

Melaka United’s Shahdan Sulaiman is currently enjoying his end-of-season break.

After jumping straight into Fahrudin Mustafic’s testimonial match,  the 30-year-old midfielder slowed the pace down as he spent an intimate afternoon with his wife at a chic-looking eatery. Shahdan was celebrating his significant other’s birthday.

But aside from that, the Melaka no. 16 cannot be happy with the fact that he was left out of the Singapore national squad for the friendlies against Mongolia and Cambodia this past week.

Despite missing out, Singapore Lions coach Fandi Ahmad has not ruled Shahdan out of his Suzuki Cup squad with the 2012 winner providing an additional option in the playmaking No. 10 role.

Faris Ramli – PKNS FC

Photos sourced from FAS FB & Faris IG

Faris Ramli returned to the pitch in the past week following his comeback from an ankle injury.

The Singapore international winger, who missed out last month against Mauritius and Fiji, appeared as a late substitute in the Lions 2-0 win over Mongolia last Friday for midfielder Iqbal Hussain.

It proved to be the warm-up that 26-year-old Faris needed and he was rewarded with a spot in the starting XI that faced Cambodia in Phnom Penh.

Last night, the PKNS no. 30 started on the left wing and was easily one of the brightest spark in the team with an early chance which drew a foul on the edge of the Kouprey Blue‘s box. The Lions then had all to do as a Ho Wai Loon own goal left them trailing at the break.

Taking the No. 10 role for the second period, Faris showed a willingness to track back and help out with the defensive workload. He did well to fashion a few good chances, but waned as the match went on.

Nonetheless, the 2015 Malaysia FA Cup winner was part of the Lions’ second-half revival as Jacob Mahler and Ikhsan Fandi banged in the goals to ensure that they complete a 2-1 comeback win to remain unbeaten under coach Fandi Ahmad.

The Lions will undertake a two-week training camp in Osaka, Japan next before starting their Suzuki Cup campaign against Indonesia on November 9.