Faris hungry for more after breaking international duck
Benefitting from Khairul Amri’s cutback, Faris made a late run into the box and lashed a first-time grounder beyond Cambodian keeper Sou Yati just before the half-hour mark.
It was “one of the happiest days” for the youngster, who he finally broke his duck for the country after nine earlier appearances in the famous red shirt.
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Speaking to FourFourTwo after the game, Faris was keen to re-enact that special moment which eventually contributed to Singapore’s 4-2 win.
“I remember they (Cambodia) just equalised at 1-1 and my first thought was that ‘we can’t lose this, this is our final preparation game’,” he recalled.
“I saw the faces around me and everyone was hungry. We pushed forward and I saw this moment where Amri went forward and had no support.
“I was actually quite tired but I managed to just keep going forward. Amri heard me shout to him and he rolled the ball nicely into my path. From there, I saw my golden opportunity and took the shot first-time. Fortunately, no one picked me up.”
It has been a prolific year for the effervescent winger who has hit double figures for club and country now, prompting him to state he is at the “peak of his career”.
“I’ve just started this full-time football career after completing NS [National Service],” he said.
“It’s been an awesome year and I’ll try to keep up my good performances. It’s certainly not done for me yet.”
With expectations rising following his series of impressive displays, Faris acknowledged the massive weight on his young shoulders going into the Lions’ AFF Suzuki Cup defence.
“Of course there’s a little bit of pressure but I’m not thinking of that at the moment,” he asserted.
“For me, I just want to focus foremost on playing as a team with Singapore and my own glory will come later. I believe that through hard work, luck will come my way.”
With coach Bernd Stange emphasiing a fast-paced, short passing game, the starlet believes his side’s fitness levels can help them last the distance.
“We’ve tried this system throughout our preparation, especially during our Austrian training tour where we played against stronger teams,” shared the man who missed out on the 2012 triumph due to NS.
“And it worked, thus I believe we’re ready as a team to play a new style of passing football with Singapore.”
The Lions will now take a two-day break before resuming training ahead of their Group B opener against Thailand on Sunday night.
Photo credit: Alfie Lee/Football Association of Singapore