Izwan: We shouldnt be afraid of Syria

Singapore's in-form goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud says the Lions have nothing to fear ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifying clash against Syria.

Singapore are in prime position in Group E after two games, having beaten Cambodia 4-0 and held Asian heavyweights Japan to a goalless draw.

The game will be the Lions' third away qualifier on the trot, but the goalkeeper is confident that Singapore can repeat their 2-1 Asian Cup qualifying win over Syria from two years ago.

"We have played against Syria before and we know what it is like to play against them," Izwan told FIFA.com.

"We shouldn’t be afraid of them. Syria beat Afghanistan 6-0 in the opening matchday while we thrashed Cambodia 4-0.

"This game is to be played on a neutral ground (in Oman) so we must try to make use of this opportunity to get a good result.

"Singapore has never gone further than the third round of World Cup qualifying. Our goal is to try to go further than that."

While Izwan's outstanding game against Japan in June thrust him into the international spotlight, the goalkeeper has been having a standout year with LionsXII, helping them to a first Malaysia FA Cup title.

He has featured in both of Singapore's World Cup qualifiers so far and will be hoping to once again beat Army FC's Hassan Sunny and don the gloves for the game in Muscat on September 3.

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