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With the 27th SEA Games tournament coming to an end recently, the Goal team has picked out the best players in a 4-2-3-1 formation



The 27th SEA Games men's football tournament drew to a close last Saturday as Singapore took bronze over Malaysia with a 2-1 win, while Thailand trumped Indonesia 1-0 in the final to bag gold.

The Goal team has picked out its best team of the tournament and it is no surprise that the starting 11 is comprised solely of players from the four semi-finalists, in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Thailand goalkeeper Kawin Thammasatchanan is the man in between the posts as he continued to show why he is one of the best in the region, conceding only three goals.

Right-back Alfin Tuasalamony scored the penalty that put Indonesia through to the semis in a 1-0 win over Timor Leste, while compatriot and Manahati Lestusen also played his part in the Merah Putih's run to the final. Joining Manahati in central defence is Afiq Yunos, who was not overshadowed by Safuwan Baharudin in the Singapore back-line as he put in sterling displays and even scored against Malaysia. Rounding off the back four is Thai star Teerathon Boonmanthan, who captained the side to gold.

Hariss Harun, two-goal hero against Malaysia in the third/fourth-placing match and joint-top overall scorer with three, is in defensive midfield alongside Indonesia's Risky Pellu. Ahead of them, Thai twin terrors Thitipan Puangchan and Charyl Chappuis, the latter a Under-17 World Cup winner with Switzerland in 2009, flank Malaysian schemer Irfan Fazail in attacking midfield.

Upfront, Sahil Suhaimi was arguably one of Singapore's best players and perhaps the best forward on show. His off-the-ball runs and his dribbling ability, coupled with his pace and awareness saw his notch three goals en route the Young Lions' way to bronze.

The substitutes are no slouches either, with Izham Tarmizi, Praweenwat Boonyong, Nazmi Faiz, Bayu Gatra, Mac Hong Quan, Rozaimi Rahman and Kyaw Ko Ko all doing well for their countries too.

Congratulations to Singapore's trio of Hariss, Sahil and Afiq for making the Best XI, and the Young Lions for their Bronze medal!

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