Lions in Malaysia: Hariss is Lions debutant Mahler’s hero; Safuwan revives partnership with Baihakki
Shahdan Sulaiman – Melaka United
With the Malaysia Cup on a break last week, Melaka United’s Shahdan Sulaiman was released for international duties with Singapore for their friendly fixtures.
The 30-year-old industrious midfielder was absent from Lions coach Fandi Ahmad’s starting XI against Mauritius and played no part in the 1-1 draw last Friday.
Playmaker Shahdan, who was replacing Yasir Hanapi as the Lions’ no. 10, was off the pace against the Fijians despite playing some nice through passes in his 45 minutes cameo. The Melaka United no. 16 will need to produce a better display if he hopes to secure his spot in Fandi’s AFF Suzuki Cup squad.
Before facing Mongolia and Cambodia in their October international friendlies, 2012 Suzuki Cup winner Shahdan will have a small taste of their upcoming Group B clash with the Philippines.
Navigating their final Malaysia Cup tie against Group B leaders Felda United FC, Sang Kancil's Shahdan will be rubbing his hands in anticipation as he lines up opposite Filipino international Iain Ramsay!
Faris Ramli – PKNS FC
Following the birth of his first kid, PKNS FC winger Faris Ramli was forced to withdraw from the Singapore national squad due to injury.
Nonetheless, the 26-year-old, who was replaced by Khairul Nizam, still stuck around with his national team; electing to continue his treatment with the medical staff as he looks to make a swift return to the football pitch.
In the meantime, PKNS will be praying that Faris makes a speedy recovery soon with the Malaysia Cup group stage coming to a close. The Red Ants have already qualified for the quarter-finals and are expected to make light work of bottom side PDRM FA this Saturday.
And when the new father wasn’t busy with footballing matters, Faris was keeping himself occupied by bringing his baby boy around for visitation with family and friends. Notable visitors include a certain Irfan Fandi – Faris’ national team roomie!
The PKNS no. 30, who just turned 26 two weeks ago, also got an unexpected belated birthday surprise as he received received the last of his presents this week.