Singapore vs Afghanistan Ratings: Lions pay for concentration lapses

Two lapses of concentration meant Singapore lost 2-1 to Afghanistan in Doha. The friendly was a test for the players ahead of next week’s Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain.  Who impressed and who didn’t? Shanjayan Muniappan filed the player ratings

Hassan Sunny 5

The veteran custodian was called into action just three times. Unfortunately two of them led to goals from Sharif Mukmahad and Mustafa. The other resulted in a point blank save from Singapore’s No.1 when the score was tied 1-1. 

Shakir Hamzah 5

In a surprising turn of events, Shakir Hamzah started in Doha despite the fact he has yet to start a game for his club Tampines Rovers. The left-back was faced with the arduous challenge of containing the adventurous Afghan winger Omid Popalzay.

Irfan Fandi 6

Earning only his second start for the Lions, Irfan looked composed and dealt with the likes of Sharif, Popalzay and Mustafa in a capable manner.

Irfan seems to be settling into national colours

Safuwan Baharudin  5.5

Faced with a teasing cross from Popalzay, Safuwan hesitated and was unable to clear it, leaving Sharif to volley home from just outside the box. After the goal though, Safuwan and Irfan combined steadily enough.

Faritz Hameed 5

The right-back was given a run for his money, especially in the first half, when Popalzay kept going at him and his full-back counterpart. Faritz slowly eased into the game in the second half

Yasir Hanapi 4.5

It was a quiet night for the midfielder who was overwhelmed with the possession-based game of Afghanistan. Did not exert much influence on the game.

Izzdin Shafiq 5

Tried to keep the ball but on many occasions when he’d look up, he would have felt his team-mates could have made better runs.

Izzdin lacked support on the night

Hariss  Harun 6.5

Having not played for over three months, it was evident Hariss was lacking match fitness. However, it was his swerving pass, with the help of the bustling wind, that found Shawal Anuar and the winger made no mistake inside the box.

Shawal Anuar 7

Shawal turned it on in the second half with an early goal that was nothing but clinical and dragged the Lions back into the contest.

Khairul Amri 4.5

The experienced striker was a lonely figure in the team’s one forward formation. As a result, Amri suffered from a lack of support, while he also lost possession, leading to an Afghanistan goal.

Khairul played a lone hand up front

Faris Ramli 5

Faris was tightly marked in the first half by Milad Intezar and as a result, his passes and decision making in the final third suffered. His night came to an end when an ankle injury forced him to be substituted for Juma’at Jantan.

Substitutes

Jumaat Jantan 5.5

Came on to replace Faris at half-time and did well to contain the Afghan wingers.

Mustafic Fahrudin N/A

Came on late and did not influence the game.

Sub Mustafic had little time to influence the game

Daniel Bennett N/A

Replaced Irfan at centre-back to stamp his name in the history books to be the most capped Singaporean footballer.

Anumathan Kumar N/A

Came on late and did not influence the game.

Main photo: FAS. Player photos: Weixiang Lim/FourFourTwo