SINGAPORE, 26 November 2010: National Coach Radojko Avramovic (pictured above center) has called up his final 22 ahead of the AFF Suzuki Cup as the Lions gear up to reclaim the AFF Cup for an unprecedented fourth time, having won the region’s most prestigious tournament in 1998, 2004 and 2007.
Coach Radojko has picked an experience side with a vast majority of the players featuring in previous AFF Cup competitions. The last player who failed to make the cut was Home Untied’s Tengku Mushadad.
“I'm looking at the positions and who can cover which position and in the end, Tengku is the one (to miss out). He tried very hard, and I am thankful for that, but maybe his time is not now. Maybe in the future he will have more opportunities with the National Team,” said Avramovic.
Most notably, Hariss Harun has been ruled out of the biennial tournament for the second time after sustaining a fractured fibula at the Asian Games earlier this month. Despite an initial injury scare this month, Home United custodian Lionel Lewis has been declared fit to feature in his third consecutive AFF Cup tournament.
Drawn in Group B, Singapore will open their campaign against Philippines on Thursday, 2 December before playing Myanmar on Sunday, 5 December. The Lions will take on co-host Vietnam in their final group on Wednesday, 8 December. Group A features co-hosts Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, and Thailand.
THE FINAL 22
|Full Name||Position||Club / Country||Caps||Goals|
|Lionel Lewis||GK||Home United||68||0|
|Hassan Sunny||GK||Tampines Rovers||29||0|
|Izwan Mahbud||GK||Young Lions||0||0|
|Juma'at Jantan||DF||Home United||15||0|
|Rosman Sulaiman||DF||Home United||9||0|
|Baihakki Khaizan||DF||Persib Bandung (INA)||75||2|
|Precious Emuejeraye||DF||Persija Jakarta (INA)||54||0|
|Afiq Yunos||DF||Young Lions||2||0|
|Safuwan Baharudin||DF||Young Lions||3||0|
|Ridhuan Muhamad||MF||Arema (INA)||58||3|
|Isa Halim||MF||Home United||30||0|
|Mustafic Fahrudin||MF||Persela Lamongan (INA)||51||6|
|Shahril Ishak||MF||Persib Bandung (INA)||79||5|
|Shahdan Sulaiman||MF||Tampines Rovers||1||0|
|Noh Alam Shah||FW||Arema (INA)||77||35|
|Masrezwan Masturi||FW||Geylang United||22||2|
|Fazrul Nawaz||FW||Gombak United||42||3|
|Khairul Amri||FW||Persiba Balikpapan (INA)||62||9|
|Agu Casmir||FW||Persija Jakarta (INA)||33||12|
|Aleksandar Duric||FW||Tampines Rovers||29||12|
GOOD LUCK, LIONS!!