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Gearing for the BIG ONE- Hariss Harun

(The entry is formulated from the transcript obtained via Integrated Marketing Solutions Group -IMSG, the PR agency of Nike Singapore)

(P.S: The copyrights of the images and video depicted in this blog entry belong to Nike, unless stated on the images itself.)

With its "DRI-FIT" apparel and Tiempo Legend by Nike, Hariss is always at the top of his game
His performance on the last Saturday night captivated those who were at the Jalan Besar Stadium and also the millions of those who watched the crucial World Cup Qualifier match between Singapore and Malaysia at home.

Such an eye-catching display against the Harimaus by the 20 year-old Hariss Harun who stamped his authority in the midfield had prompted a single-out by various local coaches for renowned football agent Jorge Mendes, alongside with four others, who is presently scouting for players having potential playing in top European leagues.

Just less than 24 hours before the two fierce rivals of South East Asian football are due to meet again for the second-leg of the "Causeway Derby" at the expected sell-out 85,000 Bukit Jalil Stadium, the Courts Young Lions skipper shares some of his thoughts on the unique footballing rivalry.

Said the youngest ever Singapore international, who made his debut against North Korea in 2007, on his thoughts on the first leg:"We showed that we could get the goals but we need to get things tighter all over the pitch, especially in defence and midfield, That’s the most important thing for the second game."

"It won’t be easy in Bukit Jalil. The Malaysians will makes all kinds of noise to get behind their team. The most important thing for us is to psychologically keep our heads in the game and focus on the job at hand, because we have an advantage on our side. We must not let it slip and we have to tighten things up and hit them when we can." said Hariss on the hostile reception he and his team will be expected on 28th of July.

Hariss did well to shield the ball from Malaysian defender Mahalli Jasuli
Which is why it spur the Lions to be more determine to overcome the obstacle in front of them to see themselves make it the group stages of the World Cup Qualification for the second time on a roll, as the defensive midfielder explains.

"Fans and people only remember champions. I want to be remembered, I want my team to be remembered, so we want to win as many tournaments as possible.

"We qualified for the third round the last time so that will be the target this time round. We also aim to do well in this year’s SEA Games as well as next year’s Suzuki Cup." he said.

"I think this is the time for redemption for the national team. The last 2 Suzuki Cups were not the real Singapore. We need to see the real Singapore and I think it’s time now." added the player who is due for the mandatory National Service this year.


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