Young Lions' Canadian winger catches Eintracht's attention in SEA Games preparation

After beating the Courts Young Lions 3-0 in a friendly match, Eintracht Frankfurt coach singled out El-Masri as a talent to watch ahead of his Singapore team-mates

The game against Eintracht Frankfurt Under-23s on Wednesday evening was used by the Courts Young Lions to expose players to more games against quality opponents, and so enhance the national pool of players available for the year-end SEA Games.

The players acquitted themselves well in the initial 30 minutes of the game, prompting Eintracht Frankfurt coach Schur to concede his side had difficulties competing with the Young Lions in the first-half.

However, it was not a Singaporean player but instead a Canadian who caught Schur’s eye during the match.

Sherif El-Masri, who is believed to be under consideration for the Foreign Talent Scheme to be a future Singapore international and has reportedly indicated his interest to do so as well, was singled out for his ball technique and control.

“Right-side winger (El-Masri), he controlled the ball and I think he had two chances, and had a good shot,” Schur responded when asked who impressed him.

Despite El-Masri’s performance, Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar did not want to single out any players as he felt his team had done well as a whole, though he did not mention his name when offering some that were in contention for the SEA Games squad.

“There were players like Iqbal {Iqbal Hussain), Sahil (Sahil Suhaimi); they tried to create chances,” Aide noted.

“Fareez (Fareez Farhan), I’m hoping he can play more matches for us because he has been away for PTI (Physical Training Instructor vocational training in army) course for one and a half months.  

“So these are players who can - I wouldn’t say they will be key players - but they can value-add the current SEA Games side, because the core of key players are with the LionsXII.”