Singaporeans Abroad in April: Safuwan and Shahril in scoring mood

Singapore has five national stalwarts plying their trades in foreign leagues, but how are they faring? FourFourTwo takes a look... 

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Written by Korn Kritikorn, Vijhay Vick

Hassan Sunny (Army United, Thailand)

Before the 2015 season started, many questioned Army United’s decision to sign on Hassan and use up a foreign slot.

However, Hassan proved to be a brilliant signing as he showed his worth and produced stupendous save after save.

Hassan kept his starting spot with Army this season but till date he is unable to keep a clean sheet. He has had a less-than-ideal April having played four games and conceding nine goals in them.

Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia)

Hariss has made himself the midfield general for JDT. Photo: JDT

Despite the slew of impressive signings Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) have made, they have never tried to find a replacement for Hariss.

The Singaporean skipper is a core member of the Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) squad and more often than not, he starts the vital matches.

Hariss’ role is often under-rated due to his lack of the spectacular but make no mistakes, this 25-year-old is what allows JDT to attack comfortably. The former LionsXII star played in all four of JDT’s Malaysia Super League (MSL) matches in April and both legs of the FA Cup semi-final against Kedah.

Safuwan Baharudin (PDRM FA, Malaysia)

Safuwan is recently repaying the faith shown in him. Photo: PDRM

Safuwan has enjoyed a more attacking role with the Cops since he joined them at the start of the year and he is starting to repay the faith shown in him.

Making a total of five appearances in April, Safuwan scored two goals. Once in the team’s 2-0 away win against Pahang and the other coming in a 3-1 win over Terengganu last month.

Shahril Ishak (Johor Darul Ta’zim II, Malaysia)

Shahril is leading by example at JDT II. Photo: JDT

Having skippered Singapore for a long time, Shahril now plays a similar role at JDT II, where the club hopes his experience will help groom the youngsters.

Shahril leads by example at JDT II and he found the back of the net twice in four games in April. The 32-year-old was among JDT’s scorers when they came back from three goals down to draw 3-3 with PKNS and from two goals down to defeat title contenders Negeri Sembilan 3-2 at the Pasir Gudang Stadium on April 19.

Baihakki Khaizan (Johor Darul Ta’zim II, Malaysia)

Baihakki adds much-needed experience at the back. Photo: JDT II

Initially signed for JDT in 2013, Baihakki later found himself demoted to JDT II in the Malaysia Premier League (MPL).

But the defender is enjoying his time there and he adds experience to the team’s young backline.

His partnership with teenager Dominic Tan, who captained the Malaysian under-19 squad last year, may not be the best around in the league but the youngster will learn a lot from the 32-year-old.

The duo have helped JDT II to record two clean sheets in four games last month.