Sundramoorthy may bank on Irfan's defensive capabilitites against Afghanistan and Bahrain

The Home United man may be fielded against Afghanistan and Bahrain as a defender, revealed the Singapore boss.

Ahead of the Lions' friendly against Afghanistan and Asian Cup qualifying match against Bahrain, head coach Varadaraju Sundramoorthy has said that he may utilise youngster Irfan Fandi as a defender.

The Home United FC player has strong physique and has played club football as both a striker and a defender, but most recently he has made his mark as more of a centre-back.

Sundramoorthy told The Straits Times that the former Young Lions man has been improving as a defender.

"He has a good physical presence, is strong in the air, a ball winner and fits into the role of a central defender. I have confidence in Irfan that he is a good central defender.

"I believe that Irfan is a hard-working player. Although he is still young, he is consistently improving his play as a central defender."

Singapore will take on Afghanistan at the Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium in Qatar on Friday, before playing Bahrain in their Group E 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers opener at the Bahrain National Stadium next Wednesday. 

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