Singapore 20-man squad profiles for SEA Games 2017

The Young Lions to represent Singapore were finally decided just days before the tournament kicked off. Here is a quick guide to the players donning the nation’s jersey... 

Name: Zharfan Rohaizad

Age: 20

Club: Garena Young Lions

Position: GK

Summary:

The most-capped goalkeeper in Richard Tardy’s squad with seven games under his belt, the 20-year-old will be gunning for starts this edition of the SEA Games.

Fresh from the defeat to Myanmar last month, Zharfan will be looking to redeem himself after being sent off for a scuffle with Myanmar’s Aung Kaung Mann.

At 1.8m tall, Zharfan can only hope for a repeat of his form in June, when he was the only goalkeeper in the league not to concede any goals, earning him a place in FFT’s June Dream XI.

Name: Hairul Syirhan

Age: 21

Club: Garena Young Lions

Position: GK

Summary:

Hairul was promoted to Geylang’s S.League squad two years ago after impressing in the Prime League but now plies his trade at youth outfit Young Lions, where he’s played four games so far.

Back up to Zharfan, the 1.78m tall custodian has conceded 11 goals this season so far, including in the 8-0 rout by Albirex in May.

But the 21-year-old will be determined to prove himself to Tardy and the Republic in the coming Games, if he do get the chance to play.

Name: Irfan Fandi

Age: 19

Club: Home United FC

Position: DF

Summary:

The eldest son of Singaporean football legend Fandi Ahmad, Irfan is also the first Singaporean to play in South America after signing for Universidad Católica in 2014.

Able to play in almost any outfield position, the Home United player already has 29 appearances in the S.League and nine goals to his name.

At 1.86m, Singapore will be looking at Irfan as the rock in the defence that he is.

Name: Muhamad Rusyaidi Bin Salime

Age: 19

Club: Garena Young Lions

Position: DF

Summary:

The 19-year-old has played almost every minute of Young Lions’s S.League campaign this season, only once coming off towards the end of their 2-1 loss to Geylang International FC in early July.

At only 19 and already having almost two full seasons in Singapore’s top flight, Rusyaidi might yet surprise punters at the coming Games as he uses his experience to his advantage.

Name: Amirul Adli

Age: 21

Club: Garena Young Lions

Position: DF

Summary:

The 21-year-old has featured for 11 of Young Lions’ 13 games this season, scoring the solitary goal in their recent loss against Geylang International FC.

Amirul already has four caps for the senior team to his name and will be looking to impress Tardy and hopefully add to that tally after the Games.

Name: Shahrin Saberin

Age: 22

Club: Garena Young Lions

Position: DF

Summary:

Shahrin is one of the team’s most experienced defenders with 34 S.League appearances in four seasons for Garena Young Lions and Home United FC. He also featured in Home’s second-placed finish in the RHB Singapore Cup in 2015.

At 22, this would be his last chance to bring home some SEA Games silverware and his minutes played in the S.League would come in handy against Malaysia’s Syafiq Ahmad, who has scored four goals in nine games in Malaysia’s Super League.

Name: Syahrul Sazali

Age: 19

Club: Garena Young Lions

Position: DF

Summary:

In only his second season for Young Lions, Syahrul already has nine starts and three appearances, playing a part in two of their three draws.

The young defender will be hoping to be fielded alongside his Young Lions teammates Shahrin, Amirul and Rusyaidi this Games and the chemistry between them will be tested in the opener against Myanmar on 14 August.

Name: Tan Han Wei Lionel

Age: 20

Club: Hougang United FC

Position: DF

Summary:

Likened to former Singapore captain and Tiger Cup winner Lim Tong Hai, the towering centre-back has enjoyed nine starts this season for Hougang United under coach Philippe Aw and is eager to be Singapore’s top Chinese centre-back.

Despite this being his first season in the S.League, the 1.83m 20-year-old was praised by Aw for his attitude, work ethic and fulfilling the attributes of a good modern centre-back.

Playing alongside the likes of Irfan and Shahrin, Tan will be an imposing figure in Singapore’s defence.