Baihakki: We are all playing for our football future

Besides having pride and glory at stake at the AFF Suzuki Cup, Singapore defender Baihakki Khaizan warned his team-mates that they are playing for their careers…

With football matches being increasingly televised, as well as there being more options in terms of the English Premier League and Bundesliga, football attendances across the world are falling.

Even in neighbouring country Malaysia, the Malaysia Super League more often than not struggle to fill up their stadiums.

Therefore, Bai has warned his teammates that they must do their best at the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup to retain interest in the sport in Singapore.

By doing so, the defender said the Lions would be prolonging their football career, while he is also hoping to impress potential suitors at the tournament as he will be leaving Johor Darul Ta’zim.

“Hopefully this Suzuki Cup we can do something and start a spark somewhere,” Baihakki told FourFourTwo.

“That really motivates us to do well, especially since it involves our rice bowl. So we all have got a future to play for.”

Bai, who will be entering his seventh Suzuki Cup, should he make Sundram’s final 23-man squad, also said that the tournament still holds plenty of excitement for him.

As a player, Baihakki won the 2005, 2007 and 2012 editions of the biennale tournament under former Singapore head coach Radojko Avramovic.

“It is known as a prestigious Cup in Southeast Asia, other than the SEA Games, so of course we want to do our best,” Bai said.

“We just want to go out there and do our best. We want to use this opportunity to revive the interest in local football. So yes, I am still excited to play in the AFF Suzuki Cup.”

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