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The towering centre-back has been in hot goalscoring form for the LionsXII when deployed as an emergency striker, but he insists there are still goalscorers in the team

After a stuttering start to the Malaysia Cup campaign, LionsXII have put themselves back in contention after a narrow 2-1 win over Perak FA in their last home game.

Defender Safuwan Baharudin grabbed a late 85th minute winner to clinch the Singapore side's first win of the Malaysia Cup campaign and keep hopes of a double alive

Speaking to Goal Singapore following the LionsXII's final training session, Safuwan Baharudin acknowledged the challenge that laid ahead against Sarawak FA.

“It’s not going to be easy because we’ve (the team) been separated for weeks,“ Safuwan said.

“The team has not been performing as well in terms of results, but that shouldn’t be an excuse because we are still in the running to make it into the quarter finals.”

With two goals to his name already, the central defender’s performances have been one of the few bright sparks of the LionsXII Malaysia Cup campaign so far and Safuwan is hoping for his goalscoring form to continue.

“As a defender, two goals might sound good enough, but I would definitely still want to keep scoring goals if possible,” he said.

When asked whether the strikers in the team are struggling to get the goals though, Safuwan disagreed.

“I don’t think there’s a problem in the striking department,” he explained.

“If there were problems, we wouldn’t have been the champions in the Malaysian league.”