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Lions in Malaysia: Hariss sends Safuwan out of cup; Life’s a picnic for Shahdan

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 Shahdan Instagram

Back home in Singapore, Shahdan Sulaiman has returned from his season-long loan to Malaysia Super League side Melaka United.

The Tampines Rovers midfielder is currently preparing to honour retiring club (and Singapore national side’s) footballing icon Fahrudin Mustafic.

The testimonial match, which will see a Singapore All-Stars team take on a Tampines All-Stars side, is scheduled to take place this Sunday, October 7 at Our Tampines Hub. 25-year-old Shahdan is slated to line up for the Tampines All-Stars team.

Aside from that, the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup winner will also be on tenterhooks as he waits to learn if he makes Singapore national team coach Fandi Ahmad’s squad for upcoming friendlies against Mongolia and Cambodia.

The two friendlies, scheduled for October 12 and 16, are part of the Singapore Lions’ preparation going into November’s Suzuki Cup tournament.

Off the pitch, Shahdan and his family kept themselves busy this week by throwing a picnic party.

Celebrating eldest son Shaqee’s fifth birthday, the Stags no. 8 was joined by family friends as they feasted on picnic fare like sandwiches, puff pastries and last but not least, a towering chocolate cake!

Happy-belated birthday Shaqee from all of us at FOX Sports Asia.

Faris Ramli – PKNS FC

Photos sourced from Faris Instagram

PKNS FC’s Malaysia Cup adventure came to an end in Sunday’s quarter-finals against Perak TBG.

With all to play for after a goalless first leg, the Red Ants had to make do once again without injury victim Faris Ramli at the Shah Alam Stadium. The PKNS no. 30 was replaced by Brazilian teammate Bruno Matos, but it was Seladang‘s Brazilian Wander Luiz that stole the show.

The 31-year-old forward provided the first goal of the night midway through the first half and completed his brace on the hour to send the Red Ants packing from the domestic cup competition.

Singapore international winger Faris, who was present in the stands for Sunday’s game, will be heading back to Singapore following the conclusion of PKNS’ season. The 2013 Malaysia Super League title winner is expected to earn a national squad call-up to face Mongolia and Cambodia.

Playing the part of host to perfection, 26-year-old Faris welcomed Singaporean sound designer, and best bud, Syafiq Halid as he was in town.

Syafiq, who is the first certified Ableton trainer from Singapore, was giving a talk at the International College of Music and Faris made every effort to make his “brother from another mother” look good for his gig – by bringing him to his local barber! #sharingiscaring