Safuwan Baharudin stoked to be back at centre-back for Singapore

After “wasting so many years in different roles”, Pahang FA star Safuwan Baharudin is thrilled to be back at central defence for Singapore.

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One of the first thing Fandi Ahmad did when he assumed the head coach role for Singapore was to address the elephant in the room for the last few years, selecting the best possible combination he has at central defence.

Bernd Stange and V. Sundramoorthy’s insistence on using Safuwan as an attacking midfielder backfired as the team had to change their tactics and go for the long ball to maximise the Pahang man’s strengths.

That move never quite worked out as the Lions shockingly bowed out of the 2014 and 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, failing to add to their four championship titles.

With the 2018 edition coming up next month, Fandi, who was appointed to replace Sundram in May, has gone about fixing the main issues quickly.