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Singapore’s Adam Swandi banking on Albirex mentality to seal AFF Suzuki Cup spot

Adam Swandi ready to use the Albirex Niigata mentality in his bid to secure a AFF Suzuki Cup final squad berth with the Singapore national team.

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He is the first Singaporean to win a domestic title in the last four years after his club Albirex Niigata FC S did the treble in the recently concluded season.

The White Swans from Jurong East swept all before them for a third straight season, winning the Community Shield, Singapore Premier League title and Singapore Cup.

Adam, 22, was one of two Singaporeans along with goalkeeper Shahul Rayyan to sign for Albirex at the start of the season, and he has proved that it was the right move for his fledgling career.

Touted as one of Singapore football’s brightest starlets during his time with the National Football Academy, Adam showed that he has stepped up to another level, not just by joining the Japanese outfit, but also nailing a starting berth in his first season.

He played in 21 matches and has a return of five goals and eight assists, in what has been a perfect campaign for Albirex.