Hariss dedicates brace to injured Shahdan

Despite a game-winning brace against Myanmar, Singapore's Hariss Harun was in a far from celebratory mood as he spoke to media after the 4-2 win on Wednesday evening.

“Football is out of my mind, there are more important things in life and that situation showed us that,” he said.

His usual partner in crime in midfield, Shahdan Sulaiman, had suffered a freak injury during a collision with teammate Khairul Amri and had to be substituted immediately.

It was later confirmed that the Tampines Rovers midfielder had fractured and dislocated his right ankle.

Coping with the loss of Shahdan was a challenge for Hariss and his teammates but the Johor Darul Takzim midfielder felt his team did well to channel the worry for their teammate into motivation to win the game.

“For us, in the back of our heads, we knew we had to do it for [Shahdan],” he said.

“He is one of our key players and he performed very well in the first game and he was doing well in the game before what happened to him. We had to step up and not let things affect us.”

When asked how he felt about his brace, one of which was a fine chested volley into the corner of the net, Hariss broke into a brief smile.

“It’s something you dream about as a kid and doing it as a player, was a special moment,” he said.

“These goals are dedicated to Shahdan and his family.”

Photo: Kamthorn Pornsakulpaisal