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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Singapore Men's National Soccer Team News


June 11, 2015 - Safuwan Baharudin scores brace in win over Cambodia
"Utility player Safuwan Baharudin scored two first half goals to inspire Singapore to a thumping 4-0 away victory over Cambodia in their AFC second round 2018 World Cup qualifier at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.... After striker Khairul Amri had given the Lions a 1-0 lead in the first 10 minutes, Safuwan struck in the 21st and 35th minutes to put Bernd Stange's side in firm control before half time. The LionsXII enforcer -- who became his nation's first import to the A-League after a successful spell with Melbourne City earlier this year -- followed his goals with a yellow card as Singapore went into half time with a 3-0 lead.... The visitors extended their advantage when Warriors FC forward Fazrul Nawal turned in a chest-down from midfielder Hariss Harun to put Singapore ahead 4-0 in the 54th minute." - ESPN

June 6, 2015 - Khairul Amri scores brace in win over Brunei
"The Singapore national team collected their second win in as many matches after thrashing Brunei Darussalam 5-1 in Saturday’s friendly at Jurong East Stadium. Khairul Amri scored twice, while Hariss Harun, Shaiful Esah and Fazrul Nawaz netted one apiece to inspire the Lions to a thumping victory against a weakened Brunei side in front of 1,141 fans." - FourFourTwo

May 30, 2015 - Fazrul Nawaz & Khairul Amri score in win over Bangladesh
"Singapore gained a morale-boosting first win of the year, defeating Bangladesh 2-1 in an international friendly on Saturday. Fazrul Nawaz and Khairul Amri were both on the scoresheet to secure the win, after Bangladesh had taken an early lead through Md Nasir Uddin Chow. Bangladesh drew first blood at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, as Md Nasir Uddin Chow headed home a fourth minute free kick to give the home side the lead. Singapore refused to give up though, gradually finding their rythem and equalising just after the half hour through Fazrul. The Warriors FC striker pounced on an errant ball in the Bangladesh penalty box, slotting home to level the scores. Amri then broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute, thundering home the winning goal from outside the box to hand the Lions the win." - FourFourTwo

March 20, 2015 - roster named for Thailand & Guam friendlies
  • Goalkeepers: Hassan Sunny (Army Thai United), Izwan Mahbud (LionsXII), Hyrulnizam Juma'at (Home United)
  • Defenders: Baihakki Khaizan (JDT II), Shaiful Esah, Ismadi Mukhtar (both Tampines Rovers), Madhu Mohana, Afiq Yunos, Hafiz Sujad (All LionsXII), Shakir Hamzah, Al Qaasimy Rahman (CYL), Safuwan Baharudin (Melbourne City)
  • Midfielders: Hariss Harun (JDT), Gabriel Quak, Zulfahmi Arifin, Faris Ramli (All LionsXII), Shahfiq Ghani (CYL)
  • Strikers: Shahril Ishak (JDT II), Khairul Amri, Sahil Suhaimi (both LionsXII)
November 26, 2014 - Hariss Harun scores brace in win over Myanmar
"Singapore moved up to second with after holding off a second-half fightback from Myanmar to claim a 4-2 victory at the National Stadium. Shaiful Esah had handed the Lions a 16th-minute lead when he curled a 25-yard freekick into the bottom corner, before Hariss Harun made it 2-0 five minutes after the half-hour mark with a spectacular volley from the edge of the box. The Group B hosts then added a third two minutes before the interval after their opponents’ failure to clear their lines from a corner allowed Hariss to volley home his second of the evening, but Myanmar did pull one back in the 56th minute when Kyaw Zayar Win slotted past Hassan Sunny after a neat one-two with Min Min Thu. The White Angels then reduced the deficit further two minutes after the hour mark through a KYaw Ko Ko penalty, after he had been brought down inside the area by Safuwan Baharudin. Nonetheless, Singapore went on to seal the win in the 75th minute after another dangerous free-kick from Shaiful forced Khin Maung Lwin to head the ball past his own goalkeeper, ending any hopes Myanmar had of forcing a draw." - AFC

November 17, 2014 - Amri, Ramli, Ishak & Baharudin score in win over Cambodia
"It was goals galore at Yishun Stadium on Monday evening (Nov 17), as Singapore beat Cambodia 4-2 in their final warm-up match ahead of the AFF Suzuki Cup. The Lions started brightly as Khairul Amri scored in the ninth minute, but Cambodia equalised in the 27th minute through Khuon Laburavy. Khairul then turned provider for Faris Ramli to put Singapore ahead in the 29th minute, but Cambodia levelled the scores again right after the restart, with Laburavy scoring his second goal. Shahril Ishak then pounced on poor goalkeeping to put Singapore 3-2 ahead, before Safuwan Baharudin made the result safe with the final goal of the match in the 37th minute." - Channel News Asia

November 13, 2014 - Baihakki Khaizan & Khairul Amri score in win over Laos
"With just one win this year, the Singapore national football team needed a morale booster and Bernd Stange's men got that by beating Laos 2-0 in an international friendly on Thursday evening. Centre-back Baihakki Khaizan gave the Lions the lead after five minutes when he headed home left-back Shaiful Esah's swerving corner at Yishun Stadium. Forward Khairul Amri added a second in the 32nd minute when he nodded in a cross from winger Faris Ramli." - The Strait Times

September 6, 2014 - Suhaimi & Nawaz score in win over Papua New Guinea
"Singapore is off to a good start in its preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup next month. Team Singapore scored 2-1 against Papua New Guinea in a friendly match on Saturday. The crowd at Hougang Stadium cheered as Sahil Suhaimi scored Singapore's first goal at the 17th minute. Picking up the momentum shortly after was Fazrul Nawaz, who delivered the second goal. Papua New Guinea fought back, scoring one goal at the 61st minute." - Channel News Asia

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