Analysis

Mahler in line for Singapore debut as Fandi promises four to five changes

Fandi Ahmad is likely to hand Jacob Mahler his international debut when Singapore take on Fiji in an international friendly on Tuesday evening at the Bishan Stadium.

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The 18-year-old was a surprise inclusion in Fandi’s 26-man squad for the Mauritius and Fiji matches but has done enough in training to play his way into contention for a starting berth.

He is likely to partner Hariss Harun in the middle of the park while Baihakki Khaizan or Irfan Fandi joins Safuwan Baharudin in central defence.

Fandi admitted that he will tinker with the lineup and make “at least four to five” changes from the 11 whom started the Maurutius game.

“We’ve seen enough of some players and we hope to give others a chance,” the Lions head coach said.

“Some senior players who didn’t play (against Mauritius) will start, but the result is important (as well)… Everyone must know their role and they must play for the team.”