Lions Abroad: Pahang FA's Safuwan Baharudin

Safuwan Baharudin, Pahang
Pahang FA
In this series termed 'Lions Abroad', we take a look at some of Singapore's footballing stars who ply their trade overseas

He was the first Singaporean to score in Australia’s top-flight and is regarded as one of the finest players of his generation.

Safuwan Baharudin is a dream footballer for most coaches due to his ability to play as a forward and as a defender. His technical skills and excellent reading of the game has been second to none and also, he has a knack of scoring goals.

Significantly it is his versatility that has made him stand out from his contemporaries. Safuwan’s career has seen him turned out for local sides Young Lions and LionsXII.

But the 27-year-old will always be remembered by Singaporeans for his exploits in the A-League with Melbourne City. Following his eye-catching performances with the LionsXII, Safuwan signed a 3-month loan contract with A-League team Melbourne City.

Safuwan made his debut for Melbourne City in the A-League in February 2015 for the Melbourne Derby against Melbourne Victory. He scored his first goal for the club against Adelaide United. He scored his second goal just a couple of weeks later, against Western Sydney Wanderers to hand his side a 1-0 lead although they lost in the end.

Following a spine injury that he sustained in a competitive match against Wellington Phoenix, Safuwan's loan contract was allowed to lapse and was not renewed, despite earlier rumours stating that the club was interested in offering him a permanent contract.

He would return to the LionsXII before signing with Malaysian side PDRM FA in 2016. Pahang FA would be his next stop in 2018. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 victory against ATM FA in the 2018 Malaysia FA Cup.

Additionally, he lifted his first silverware with his new club in a 2-0 victory against Selangor FA in the 2018 Malaysia FA Cup Final. Pahang FA’s final day defeat to Kelantan in the Malaysia Super League proved inconsequential as top-four challengers Terengganu also lost to Selangor 2-0 on the final day. That result was enough for Pahang to finish fourth and be placed in Pot 1 of the 2018 Malaysia Cup draw.

The former Young Lions player played the full 90 minutes as Pahang begun their Malaysia Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Sabah.