Talking Points: Give Fazrul the place he deserves

Singapore earned a lucky 2-1 win over Myanmar on Thursday night and we made some observations from that match..

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Give Fazrul Nawaz the chance he deserves

Sure, Fazrul has been playing much under Stange in recent international matches.
But most of the time, the Tampines striker found himself slotted into the flanks and asked to put in industrious displays, which he has done without any complaints.
Yet after he was moved in centrally in the game against Myanmar, the striker proceeded to run into scoring positions and missed one shot from close range, before showing how lethal he can be with a first-time effort from Yasir Hanapi's cross.
Give Fazrul the place his deserves, up front leading the line.

Zulfahmi Arifin is not a centre-back

He has the size, he has the height. But Zulfahmi is not a centre-back. Try as much as you want, but the lad's best performances have come in midfield.
Against Myanmar, Zulfahmi did his best but there were times he struggled to keep the White Angels' strikers in check.
Even at Home United, the 24-year-old has been playing in the centre of the pitch since the season started, so why put him in defence for an international game? 
He may be young and has time to develop, but playing him as a centre-back once in a blue moon is a waste of his unrealised potential and could prove detrimental in the years to come.
Zulfahmi is not going to tell his coach he doesn't want to play in defence if he wants game time so it's high time coaches see what the fans and media see: He's not a centre-back, put him somewhere else where he can be more effective.

Safuwan Baharudin wasn't joking

Safuwan shared with FourFourTwo that he felt he was struggling since he returned to Singapore for national duties and his performance certainly showed it.
We have all seen what this 25-year-old is capable of and there's nothing to suggest he will not come back better than ever. 
Players tend to go through a slump at least once in their career and here's  to hoping it ends sooner rather than later for Safuwan and Singapore's sake.

Myanmar are going to be Suzuki Cup contenders

Based on their performance, Myanmar were really unlucky not to win the game after thoroughly dominating the match.
Perhaps they were helped by a really lacklustre Singapore side, as well as an excellent Hassan Sunny who could not be faulted for the goal he conceded.
But it's no exaggeration to say Myanmar are going to be contenders at the AFF Suzuki Cup come year end, if they continue to improve.
Let's all not forget, the core of the team belongs to the batch that created waves all over the world last year when they qualified for the Under-20 World Cup. That was the tournament Michael Owen shot to prominence in 1997.
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