Tatsuma Yoshida, the head coach of Singapore, named his final squad to face Yemen in their fifth Group D fixture of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ on 19 November 2019.
The Japanese tactician has made four changes from the squad that took on Uzbekistan in the previous qualifier in October.
Shakir Hamzah has returned to the squad after recovering from injury, while Home United FC full-back Iqram Rifqi has been handed his maiden senior call-up.
Warriors FC attacker Sahil Suhaimi comes back into the Lions fold three years after his last international appearance as a substitute in a home friendly against Cambodia in November 2016; the 27-year-old was called up for the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Championship that year but did not feature at the tournament.
His club-mate Khairul Nizam will join him, having last featured for the Lions in March this year against Oman in the AIRMARINE Cup international friendly tournament.
Tatsuma said: “I have seen Iqram play many times and he has put in good performances on a consistent basis in recent months; I feel that this is a good time for him to show what he can do. As for Sahil, he is an offensive option who is able to change the rhythm and tempo of a game if needed. Nizam is a good alternative to Ikhsan Fandi upfront and he has shown in the Singapore Cup that he is in good physical condition; the same applies to both Iqram and Sahil, and that is a big factor in their selection as well.”
The Lions will play Qatar in an international ‘A’ friendly in Doha on 14 November as part of the build-up towards the game against Yemen five days later in Muharraq, Bahrain – a neutral venue as Yemen are unable to play at home due to an ongoing civil war.
Tatsuma said: “The game against Qatar, who are reigning AFC Asian Cup champions, will be a good experience for us. We are grateful for the Qatar Football Association’s invitation to play their national team and our time in Doha will aid us in acclimating to the time difference and weather.
“Yemen will be a different proposition and I do not expect an easy game. We did well against them in our first match, a 2-2 draw, and they will be wary of us now. But we always want to win and we must try our best to achieve that.”
The match against Yemen will be broadcast LIVE online on Mediacorp’s Toggle platform at Toggle.SG.
The Lions depart Singapore on 12 November.
Singapore Men’s National Team Squad for November 2019
|1||Hassan Sunny||GK||84||0||2-Apr-84||Army United (THA)|
|2||Izwan Mahbud||GK||50||0||14-Jul-90||Nongbua Pitchaya (THA)|
|3||Amirul Adli||DF||10||0||13-Jan-96||Tampines Rovers|
|4||Baihakki Khaizan||DF||136||5||31-Jan-84||Trat FC (THA)|
|5||Darren Teh||DF||2||0||19-Aug-96||Geylang International|
|6||Iqram Rifqi||DF||0||0||25-Feb-96||Home United|
|7||Irfan Fandi||DF||25||1||13-Aug-97||BG Pathum United (THA)|
|8||Nazrul Nazari||DF||37||0||11-Feb-91||Hougang United|
|9||Safuwan Baharudin||DF||94||11||22-Sep-91||Pahang FA (MAS)|
|10||Shakir Hamzah||DF||51||3||10-Oct-92||Kedah FA (MAS)|
|11||Faris Ramli||MF||56||9||24-Aug-92||Hougang United|
|12||Hami Syahin||MF||3||0||16-Dec-98||Home United|
|13||Hariss Harun||MF||99||10||19-Nov-90||Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS)|
|14||Shahdan Sulaiman||MF||62||4||9-May-88||Tampines Rovers|
|15||Yasir Hanapi||MF||35||1||21-Jun-89||Tampines Rovers|
|16||Zulfahmi Arifin||MF||44||1||5-Oct-91||Hougang United|
|18||Hafiz Nor||FW||4||0||22-Aug-88||Home United|
|19||Ikhsan Fandi||FW||16||7||9-Apr-99||Raufoss IL (NOR)|
|22||Shawal Anuar||FW||10||1||29-Apr-91||Geylang International|
National Team Fixtures for November 2019
|14 November 2019
(12.30am SGT, 15 Nov)
|International ‘A’ Friendly:
Qatar vs Singapore
|Al Duhail Stadium, Doha, Qatar|
|19 November 2019
|2022 World Cup Qualifier:
Yemen vs Singapore
|Sheikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium, Muharraq, Bahrain|