Tardy announces 20-man squad looking ahead to SEA Games
After a rigorous selection process, Singapore under-21 head coach Richard Tardy has selected his final 20 to participate in this week's Under-21 International Challenge Cup.
While Boavista midfielder Mahathir Azeman has been dropped from his provisional squad of 25, Tardy can still count on the likes of Young Lions’ Adam Swandi and Home United defender Shahrin Saberin to provide some quality.
The under-21s will face counterparts from Hong Kong in their first game on Wednesday, with the winners taking on either Uzbekistan or Iran in the final on Saturday.
While Tardy is gunning for good results in the tournament, he believes it is more essential for his team to take in the experience of going up against a variety of opponents.
“We know that all these teams are good teams and for us I say it’s very important to play different football and observe how our players play in this tournament,” Tardy said at a press conference.
“This year we must take more experience and play more friendly games to better prepare for the Southeast Asian Games next year."
Singapore finished last in the tournament, after losing to Malaysia and subsequently Vietnam on penalties.
“The Nations Cup didn’t end well for us so we need to prove to ourselves and our coaches that we deserve a place in the team,” the precocious 20-year-old said.
“Definitely playing on home soil will have a positive effect as the fans will come and support us and we have to give 110 per cent.”
Singapore under-21 squad list
Goalkeeper: Hairul Syirhan (Geylang International), Zharfan Rohaizad (Young Lions)
Defenders: Dhukilan Jeevamani (Young Lions), Faizal Roslan (Young Lions), Rusyaidi Salime (Young Lions), Amirul Adli (Young Lions), Shahrin Saberin (Home United), Shafie Muliantoh (Tampines Rovers), Taufiq Muqminin
Midfielders: Amir Zailani (Home United), Hafiz Sulaiman (Warriors FC), Hami Syahin (Young Lions), Muhaimin Suhaimi (Young Lions), Shameer Aziq (Young Lions), Joshua Pereira (Young Lions), Jonathan Tan (Young Lions)
Forward: Adam Swandi (Young Lions), Shafeeq Faruk (Young Lions), Amiruldin Asraf (Home United)