Hariss: It’s audition time for Singapore's Suzuki Cup bid

Singapore's de facto captain Hariss Harun has challenged his peers to step up and prove they are worthy of a place in coach V. Sundramoorthy’s longer-term plans ahead of Friday night's clash with arch-rivals Malaysia… 

Hariss believes time is running out for players to prove their worth to Sundram and has called on them to grab this chance when Singapore play Malaysia on Friday.

The Lions will take on their Causeway rivals at the National Stadium, nearly two years after they lost 3-1 at the same venue and crashed out of the Suzuki Cup.

“It’s important we use this match as preparation for the Suzuki Cup,” Hariss said at the pre-match press conference.

“But having said that, it doesn’t mean we are going out at 60 or 70 per cent, we are going to go out there at 100 per cent.

“I think everybody is fighting to show they deserve to be in the Suzuki Cup team, tomorrow is like an audition for the Suzuki Cup.”

Hariss also dismissed all talks of the Lions being motivated by revenge. He believes that 3-1 loss was an experience the team could learn from and that things would be different this time round.

“It’s not very nice to lose at home, we don’t like it; we don’t want to lose at home if possible.” the Johor Darul Ta’zim midfielder asserted.

“But the last game (that we lost) was a good experience for us. We had control of the game, we were going to qualify with 10 minutes to go (and) then we collapsed.

"It was naive of us … but it was also a good experience for us to learn.”

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