Head coach Dejan Cluscevic will lead the young starlets to Indonesia in hope of grooming them for the senior teamThe Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced today the 23-man strong squad that will take part in the AFF Under-19 Championships later this month.
The young starlets will be led by head coach Dejan Gluscevic during the competition, which will be held from September 9 to 22 in Surabaya, Indonesia.
“This is an important tournament for our boys to gain valuable experience, and to have a good gauge of their standard of play against their counterparts in the region in preparation for the AFC U19 Qualifications next month in Thailand,” Gluscevic said in an FAS statement.
“While we aim to achieve optimal results, we believe the participation and lessons learnt at international tournaments like this will also further facilitate and enhance the development of the young players, whom we are grooming for the senior team.”
Singapore will be grouped together with Laos, Philippines, Timor Leste and Cambodia in Group A while Brunei, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand make up Group B. The top two teams from each group will square off against each other in the semi-finals.
Former U16 captain and 2010 Youth Olympic Games star Jeffrey Adam Lightfoot is one of the most notable players in the squad while midfielder Mahathir Azeman, who has secured a one-year contract at Brazilian side Boavista, is also named.
The team will depart on Saturday, September 7 at 7.50a.m via SQ 930 at Changi Airport Terminal 2.
Goalkeepers: Fashah Iskandar (ITE College West), Shahul Rayyan Redzuan (Temasek Polytechnic), Tham Yong Jun (ITE College East)
Defenders: Azrin B Hamdan, Firdaus Sham, Aaravin S/O Rajandran (all Nanyang Polytechnic), Dhukhilan S/O Jeevamani (Temasek Polytechnic), Jeffrey Adam Lightfoot, Irfan Asyraf Aziz (both Singapore Polytechnic), Taufiq Muqminin (ITE College East)
Midfielders: Lee Si Qin Illyas, Amirul Adli (both Singapore Polytechnic), Ammirul Emmran Mazlan (ITE College West), Mahathir Azeman (Siglap Secondary School), Iqram Rifqi (ITE College East), Muhelmy Suhaimi (Singapore Sports School), Toh Kian Keong (Temasek Polytechnic)
Forwards: Brandon Koh Kim Leong, Tan Zen Yang Jonathan (both Temasek Polytechnic), Muhaimin Suhaimi (FTMS Global Academy), Hazim Faiz, Syazwan Zin (both Singapore Polytechnic), Zulfadhmi Suzliman (ITE College West)