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Singapore potential call-ups: Performing players give Sundram welcomed headache

As Singapore prepare for three international fixtures in June, our FFT writer Shanjayan Muniappan picked eight local footballers who he thinks should be given a chance with the national team, having impressed so far this season.  

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Shahdan Sulaiman (Tampines Rovers)

Since coming back from injury and starting games for the Stags in the S.League, Shahdan has been slowly coming into form, with his eye for key passes helping Tampines in the scoring department.

Having been left out of the previous international outing for the Lions due to injuries, it seems only natural for Shahdan to somehow find his way back into V.Sundramoorthy’s team.

The ever reliable midfielder has plethora of international experience to ease his way back into the team and inspire the Lions back to winning ways, just as how he has been influencing Jurgen Raab’s side since coming his return back to football.


Fareez Farhan (Hougang United)

In two of the games he started this season, Fareez has scored twice. He was especially instrumental in an impressive 2-0 win over Warriors, with his goal in the 90th minute was a scorching half volley that gave Warriors goalkeeper Hyrulnizam Juma'at no chance from 25 yards out.

With Singapore struggling for goals and Iqbal Hussain inactive at the moment, Fareez can be chosen as an option to provide much-needed fire power for V.Sundramoorthy.


Raihan Rahman (Balestier Khalsa)

Released by Hougang United last season, Raihan vowed to prove his worth with Balestier to FFT in pre-season to make his way back into the national set up.

So far, it seems like he is on the right track. His club, Balestier Khalsa, are currently sitting seventh in the table but that does not tell the whole story.

It is largely due to the Tiger’s inability to score, having no natural strikers, as to why they are in the lower regions of the table.  

Raihan has been deployed in the heart of the Tiger’s midfield and has put in some commendable shifts – scoring two in seven games, burying that stupendous free-kick goal over Brunei DPMM in a 2-0 win.

With Izzdin Shafiq out injured, Raihan can perhaps provide a good cover in midfield.