Sahil Suhaimi scores for SEA Games team

The Courts Young Lions striker netted for the Singapore Under-23s as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hougang United in a friendly as part of preparations for Myanmar
The Singapore Under-23 side drew 1-1 with Hougang United on Tuesday night at the Toa Payoh Stadium as part of their preparations for the SEA Games next month.

In the first of a series of warm-up matches before the tournament in Myanmar, Aide Iskandar's charges led at half-time thanks to Sahil Suhaimi's goal midway through the first period.

The Cheetahs hit back through trialist Saseetharan Kaleemuthu in the 57th minute and both sides eventually shared the spoils, with U23 captain Hariss Harun seeing his attempt in the dying seconds well saved by goalkeeper Nazri Sabri.

Courts Young Lions striker Sahil did his chances of a first-team spot no harm with a goalscoring performance, continuing the good form that has seen him capped at senior level already.

Aide, who is also his coach at club level, has previously singled out the 21-year-old as a "special" player, with shades of resemblance to Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Jermaine Defoe.

His impressive displays has also led to him being nominated for the Young Player of the Year award in the Goal Singapore Football Awards, alongside fellow U23 teammates Shakir Hamzah, Faris Ramli and Shahfiq Ghani.

You can vote for Sahil or his fellow nominees here, with polls closing on December 1 at 11.59p.m.

A Singapore U23 "B" team will take on their Cambodian counterparts on Friday at Toa Payoh Stadium.

The U23s will take on Laos in their opening Group A game in Naypyidaw on December 8, with Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia to follow.