Singapore squad for AFC Under-22 qualifiers announced

Former Geylang United Coach Mike Wong will be leading the team which consists largely of Courts Young Lions players and includes four from LionsXII
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has announced the Singapore National Under-22 Squad for the upcoming AFC Under-22 Qualifiers, to be held in Pekanbaru, Indonesia from the 5th of July to the 15th of July 2012.

Singapore is placed in Group E, together with Asian powerhouses, Australia and Japan, alongside tournament hosts, Indonesia, Timor Leste and Macau.

The Singapore National Under-22 will be led by experienced coach, Mike Wong and will be captained by Courts Young Lions’ Al-Qaasimy Rahman. With an average age of 19.9 years, the young team will be using the upcoming qualifiers to gain valuable international match exposure in preparation for the 2013 and 2015 South-East Asia (SEA) Games.

The squad consists largely of the Courts Young Lions team that participates in the Great Eastern YEO’s S.league, the remaining players were drafted in by Coach Mike Wong from both the S.league and Singapore National Football Academy Under-18 Squad. Four players were called up from the LIONSXII team, which is competing in the Malaysian Super League.

S.league clubs who released their players for this tournament include, Tampines Rovers FC, Geylang United FC, Tanjong Pagar United FC, Gombak United FC as well as Hougang United FC.

Unfortunately, 13 players are not able to participate in this tournament due to National Service commitments.

Some of the players that will not be able to make it due to National Service include Khairul Nizam, Safuwan Baharudin, Shakir Hamzah, Shafiq Ghani and Firman Hanif.

Coach Mike Wong mentioned: “The coaching staff and myself have chosen the best available players for this tournament, and we are going to Indonesia to compete. The team has played several friendlies in preparation for this qualifiers. Even though the bulk of the players are from the Courts Young Lions, I have also selected some other players from other S.league clubs and also the NFA Under-18 team.”

“We will be going up against really quality teams like Australia and Japan, but we are looking forward to play them as it will be good exposure and experience for our young boys.”

Captain Al-Qaasimy Rahman added: “Every player and official in the team has been working really hard throughout our preparations. The boys have given their all during our centralized training sessions to earn a place in the team. There is a healthy competition within the team as all of us are dedicated and committed, and we all want to play. The team is very eager to go head to head with Asia’s powerhouses such as Australia, Japan and Indonesia. Some of us have played them before in previous tournaments and are fully aware what they are capable of.”

“We will be going to Pekanbaru, Indonesia not just to play football, but to compete for a place in the AFC U22 Cup Finals and to help Singapore mix it up with the best in the region to the best of our abilities.”

The team will be leaving for Pekanbaru, Indonesia on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, and will be arriving back in Singapore on Monday, July 16, 2012.

Name DOB Age Position Club
Neezam Aziz 25-Apr-1991 21 GK Courts Young Lions
Syazwan Buhari 22-Sep-1992 20 GK Courts Young Lions
Al-Faiz Ishak 25-Nov-1991 21 GK LionsXII
Al-Qaasimy Rahman 21-Jan-1992 20 DF Courts Young Lions
Sheikh Abdul Hadi 24-Mar-1992 20 DF Courts Young Lions
Madhu Mohana 6-Mar-1991 21 DF LionsXII
Delwinder Singh 5-Aug-1992 20 DF Tanjong Pagar United FC
Ali Hudzaifi 23-Mar-1992 20 DF  Tampines Rovers FC
Aqhari Abdullah 9-Jul-1991 21 MF Courts Young Lions
Faris Ramli 24-Aug-1992 20 MF Courts Young Lions
Shamil Sharif        5-Aug-1992 20 MF Courts Young Lions
Gary Loo         22-Apr-1992 20 MF Courts Young Lions
Samuel Benjamin 31-Oct-1994      18 MF Gombak United FC
Basil Teo         10-Mar-1993 19 MF Geylang United FC
Amy Recha Pristifana        13-May-1992 20 MF Geylang United FC
Ignatius Ang        11-Nov-1992 20 MF Hougang United FC
Farhan Rahmat         25-Feb-1992 20 MF Hougang United FC
Raihan Rahman         7-Feb-1991 21 MF LionsXII
Safirul Sulaiman         12-Oct-1992 20 MF LionsXII
Sufianto Salleh        9-Feb-1993 19 FW Courts Young Lions
Ahmad Suhaimi        23-Mar-1991 21 FW Gombak United FC
Fareez Farhan        29-Jul-1994 18 FW Gombak United FC