Indra Sahdan proud to don Singapore jersey again

The 34-year-old Home United striker is glad he can contribute to the Lions and believes the youngsters in the squad will be able to step up to the challenge

Home United striker Indra Sahdan Daud's illustrious career has taken him to the highs and lows of the footballing scene, winning the AFF Championship in 2004 and 2007 before almost missing out on professional football a year ago.

The ex-Singapore captain, who signed for amateur National Football League side Keppel Monaco after the 2011 season, was snapped up by Protectors coach Lee Lim Saeng a year ago, which reignited his footballing career. 

With vast experience having played under five different national coaches, Indra was called up by coach Bernd Stange to face Oman in the AFC Asian Cup Group A qualifier on August 14 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

“I feel good and proud that I am able to represent the country again, knowing that I can still play and contribute to the team," he told Goal Singapore during training on Saturday.

“Hopefully I can get a start but at the end of the day, it’s up to the coach.”

The 34-year-old is the most experienced player in a squad that includes young heads such as Courts Young Lions duo M. Anumanthan and Sahil Suhaimi and 17-year-old Adam Swandi. 

However, Indra believes that these boys are ready for the challenges in the road ahead with the national squad.

“I do not think they need any motivation as playing in front of the home crowd, they should be motivated to do well once they put on the jersey," he pointed out.

“Maybe just a bit of guidance is needed on things they should and should not do; after all, these are a good bunch of players who are disciplined.”

Singapore started the qualifiers with a 4-0 defeat against Jordan under the charge of interim coach V. Sundramoorthy, while Oman snatched a slender 1-0 win over Syria in their opening match.