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LionsXII's V.Sundramoorthy will lead the side against Atletico Madrid

Singapore Selection squad for Atletico Madrid match announced

LionsXII's V.Sundramoorthy will lead the side against Atletico Madrid

Zeng Liwei

22 players have been named for the Olympic Foundation - Peter Lim Charity Cup match on May 22 against the La Liga giants

By Khalis Rifhan
khalis.rifhan@goal.com
@KhalisRifhan

LionsXII coach V. Sundramoorthy has been named by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) as the head coach of the Singapore Selection team that will take on Spanish giants Atletico Madrid on May 22 at the Jalan Besar Stadium for the Singapore Olympic Foundation - Peter Lim Charity Cup. 

The team has a blend of experienced Singapore national players such as captain Shahril Ishak, Daniel Bennett, Mustafic Fahrudin, and younger players like Hafiz Sujad, Faris Ramli and Afiq Yunos.

A surprise inclusion in the squad is 43-year-old stiker Aleksandar Duric, who retired from international football after winning the AFF Championship with the Lions last December. 

Sundramoorthy, who was Singapore’s caretaker coach when a 4-0 loss was inflicted on the national team by Jordan in the Asian Cup qualifiers in February, is certain that his players will play to their full potential when they enter the pitch against the La Liga team.

“We have assembled a squad comprising of young and experienced players, of whom many have competed against top teams in recent years and I am also looking to give the young players a chance to showcase their potential on this big stage,” said Sundram.

“This is part of the FAS’ Strategic Plan to further develop and enhance the local players’ footballing abilities with international game exposure. I am confident that the players will give their all for this challenging encounter against a top European club.”

As for LionsXII captain Shahril, he is thrilled at the prospect of leading the Singapore Selection. 

“It will be tough playing against one of the top football clubs, not just in Spain, but in Europe,” he reflected.

“Just like any other football player, I am excited to face the likes of Radamel Falcao, Arda Turan among others.” 

A player who certainly has experience playing against top European clubs and country is former Singapore international Indra Shahdan, who is delighted at being picked for the squad and hopes to get his name on the scoresheet against the Rojiblancos. 

“This is a real good chance for me to once again prove my striking prowess against one of the top European teams,” said the Home United player.

“I have scored against top teams such as Manchester United, Uruguay, Japan and Denmark among others. Hopefully, I will be able to score against Atletico Madrid, come May 22.”

The Singapore Selection will be boosted with the inclusion of S.League foreign trio Jozep Kaplan, Sirina Camara and former Moroccan international Monsef Zerka.

Kaplan has been an engine in the midfield for Geylang International while Camara is a key defender in Lee Lim Saeng's resurgent Home United, and Zerka has been entertaining S.League fans with his goals for Tanjong Pagar.

Fans can purchase the tickets for the Singapore Selection’s game against Atletico Madrid at TicketBooth. More ticketing information can be obtained at the following website: http://www.ticketbooth.com.sg/EventDetail.ntuc?EventId=368.

 

S/N

Name

Position

Club

1

Hassan Sunny

GK

Warriors FC

2

Izwan Mahbud

GK

LionsXII

3

Shakir Hamzah

DF

LionsXII

4

Hafiz Abu Sujad

DF

LionsXII

5

Baihakki Khaizan

DF

LionsXII

6

Daniel Bennett

DF

Warriors FC

7

Safuwan Baharudin

DF

LionsXII

8

Afiq Yunos

DF

Courts Young Lions

9

Noh Rahman

DF

Home United

10

Rosman Sulaiman

DF

Woodlands Wellington

11

Sirina Camara

MF

Home United

12

Faris Ramli

MF

LionsXII

13

Mustafic Fahrudin

MF

Tampines Rovers

14

Isa Halim

MF

LionsXII

15

Hariss Harun

MF

LionsXII

16

Fazrul Nawaz

MF

LionsXII

17

Ahmad Latiff

MF

Tanjong Pagar United

18

Josep Kaplan

MF

Geylang International

19

Shahril Ishak

FW

LionsXII

20

Indra Shahdan

FW

Home United

21

Aleksandar Duric

FW

Tampines Rovers

22

Monsef Zerka

FW

Tanjong Pagar United

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