Lions in Malaysia: Hariss out of Malaysia Cup; Faris relaxes with a game of tennis
Shahdan Sulaiman – Melaka United
Looks like Shahdan Sulaiman is keeping on the down-low this week.
The Singapore international midfielder misses out on his national side’s training camp in Osaka, Japan as coach Fandi Ahmad readies his charges for their upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup.
The Lions are preparing for their cup opener against Indonesia on Friday, November 9. Singapore has been drawn into Group B along with Thailand, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Indonesia.
The Singapore team will only return home after two weeks on Friday, November 2 and while he missed out on a plane ticket to the Land of the Rising Sun, Lion tamer Fandi Ahmad has not ruled 30-year-old Shahdan out of his final Suzuki Cup squad just yet.
Faris Ramli – PKNS FC
Hence, PKNS no. 30 has been included in the Lions probational squad and has traveled with the rest of his international colleagues up to J-GREEN Sakai. Faris enjoyed last Saturday off before catching the red-eye flight to Osaka, Japan on Sunday.
The 26-year-old, along with his fellow Lions, will be taking part in three training matches against Japanese teams with this being his last chance to impress Fandi Ahmad before the Singapore boss finalises his Suzuki Cup squad.
But all seriousness aside, the two-week overseas training camp is also a great opportunity for the players to bond and build up their team camaraderie.
And 2013 Malaysia Super League title winner Faris was on hand to capture all the fun moments as the Singapore players and staff decided to kick back after hours in an impromptu game of indoor tennis. Guess that makes up for missing the WTA finals action back home…