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Out of Wilderness as Fadhil is named in Coach Stange's Oman plan

(This entry is formulated based on the media release issued by the Football Association of Singapore)

Prayers answered - Fadhil is named in Stange's squad
To be officially named in National Team Head Coach Bernd Stange's first competitive match against Oman in the upcoming AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, should bring some smiles to Hougang United's custodian Fadhil Salim, following that painful quarter-final exit from the Singapore Cup last Friday against Balestier Khalsa.

Long touted to be a national team material by the Hougang supporters, the calling up of the 30-year-old custodian would be a much-needed cheer for the Cheetahs who are experiencing a poor campaign so far.

However, the former Gombak United 'keeper knows that it will be a tough battle with the competition from Lions XII's Izwan Mahbud and Hassan Sunny of Warriors fighting for the right to stand in between the sticks on 14th of August.

Balestier's Qiu Li is eager to prove his critics wrong 
With his good showing of late for his club, Balestier's Qiu Li retained his place in the setup and he is eager to prove his critics wrong against the Omanis after a forgettable outing during the last December's AFF Suzuki Cup tournament.

Sharing his thoughts on the assembled contingent in the media statement that announced this evening, Coach Stange said: “It was not easy to finalize the squad but I am very pleased we have put together the team now. I am confident that these players have the capabilities to help the team achieve a good result against Oman. It is a well-balanced squad comprising experienced internationals and promising youngsters."

According to the same statement, the Lions will begin the preparatory training on 3rd of August, and centralized training on 10th of August.

The Squad of 23 for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers against Oman
S/No Name Age Position Club
1 Izwan Mahbud 23 Goalkeeper LionsXII
2 Hassan Sunny 29 Goalkeeper Warriors FC
3 Fadhil Salim 30 Goalkeeper Hougang United FC
4 Baihakki Khaizan 29 Defender LionsXII
5 Safuwan Baharudin 22 Defender LionsXII
6 Afiq Yunos 23 Defender Courts Young Lions
7 Shariff Samad 29 Defender Woodlands Wellington FC
8 Shaiful Esah 27 Defender Tampines Rovers FC
9 Faritz Hameed 23 Defender LionsXII
10 Ismail Yunos 27 Defender Home United FC
11 Hafiz Abu Sujad 23 Defender LionsXII
12 Adam Swandi 17 Midfielder FC Metz
13 Sahil Suhaimi 21 Midfielder Courts Young Lions
14 Anumanthan 19 Midfielder Courts Young Lions
15 Gabriel Quak 23 Midfielder LionsXII
16 Hariss Harun 23 Midfielder LionsXII
17 Isa Halim 27 Midfielder LionsXII
18 Noh Rahman 33 Midfielder Home United FC
19 Khairul Amri 28 Forward Tampines Rovers FC
20 Shahril Ishak 29 Forward LionsXII
21 Shahfiq Ghani 21 Forward LionsXII
22 Qiu Li 32 Forward Balestier Khalsa FC
23 Indra Sahdan 34 Forward Home United FC


  1. Asian Cup: Able to bridge the differences with this selection?

    With the calling up of 13 players from the S.League in Bernd Stange's first competitive match against Oman in the Asian Cup qualifiers next month, would be divided supporters (being split between those pro S.League camp and Lions XII admirers) come together as one to show their support towards a common goal - to make it through to the tournament proper?


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