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Where are they now? Singapore’s AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 Champions

Singapore AFF Suzuki Cup 2012

With the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup about four months away, FourFourTwo takes a look at the last Singapore side to emerge triumphant in the biennial tournament back in 2012… 

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After picking up back to back titles in 2004 and 2007, Singapore posted a respectable semi-final exit in 2008 before enduring a disastrous 2010 campaign that saw them fail to make it out of the group stages.

The pressure was on, but the Lions rose to the occasion this time. An emphatic 3-0 win against Malaysia in their perennial rivals’ backyard in the opening game set the tone, though they did have to survive a 1-0 loss to Indonesia before sealing a semi-final berth by edging Laos 4-3.

Once there, dark horses Philippines were disposed of with a 1-0 aggregate win. The scene was set for the final, where Thailand were beaten 3-1 at home – rendering a 1-0 second leg defeat moot as Singapore lifted the trophy for the fourth time.

So, where are those Singaporean heroes now?

Izwan Mahbud

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The goalkeeper was still a relatively new face prior to the tournament, but he established himself as a key player and had since gone on to be the number one custodian for country.

At club level, Izwan was also first-choice in all three seasons as he helped the LionsXII to the 2013 Malaysia Super League title and the 2015 FA Cup.

The 1.80m shot-stopper took his game to the next level and impressed with his remarkable agility and reflexes, as well as his distribution.

An otherworldly performance for Singapore against Japan in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Saitama, where he made an astonishing 18 saves in a 0-0 draw, saw him shoot to worldwide fame.

J-League side Matsumoto Yamaga FC came calling with a trial, but unfortunately they decided against signing Izwan. Now 26, he penned a deal with Tampines Rovers at the start of the 2015 season.