'He is the in-form striker' - LionsXII's V.Sundramoorthy on Agu Casmir

The Singapore international made a surprise start against Sarawak last week and grabbed two well-taken goals

Singapore will be taking on Hong Kong on Friday June 1, in the first of three friendly fixtures scheduled during the international break.

With record goalscorer Aleksandar Duric left out of the squad, coach Raddy Avramovic has turned an experimental eye, involving nine uncapped players as well as several more who have not featured for the senior side frequently.

Sufian Anuar, whose early season form helped propel the LionsXII to the top of the Malaysian Super League table, was not called up for the last round of international fixtures which involved the capitulation against Iraq in the World Cup qualifiers.

But the hardworking striker has been included this time around, together with LionsXII teammate Agu Casmir.

Both forwards started in a freshly tuned 4-4-2 formation against Sarawak last week, and worked well together to help record a 3-0 win, as Casmir grabbed a brace.

Sufian, however was substituted at half-time and coach V.Sundramoorthy confirmed it as a tactical substitution aimed at providing Casmir more space upfront alone.

Sundram, was full of praise for both his strikers, but declared Casmir as the best at the moment, stating: “He contributed towards our attack and I feel that at the moment he is the in-form striker we have.”

He also had a few words for his midfield maestro Shahdan Sulaiman.

“I think Shahdan has great technical ability and playing behind strikers is his best role," added Sundram.

"He has got one of the best fitness levels in the team. He can go box to box when we are attacking or defending and he has got this intelligent pass. He can make the final pass for someone to score.”

Singapore will be facing Malaysia in a home and away double fixture, after the friendly in Hong Kong on Friday.