|By Khalis Rifhan
The Football Association of Singapore [FAS] has named the Singapore squad for the upcoming international friendly against India, to be played on Tuesday, October 16 at 7.45pm at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.
The two teams last met during the group stages of the second round of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, with both sides beating each other at their respective home venues.
The squad boasts 15 players from the LionsXII squad that finished their debut season in the Malaysian Super League as runners-up. The rest of the team comprises players from S.League clubs Balestier Khalsa, Tampines Rovers, Home United, Courts Young Lions and Singapore Armed Forces FC.
The average age of the squad is 25.7 years, with five players below the age of 23, thus creating a judicious blend of youth and experience as they prepare for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup 2012.
According to an FAS statement, the players were selected purely based on merit and their performances in the Great Eastern-YEO’S S.League and the Malaysian domestic competitions.
This will be Singapore’s last friendly match at home before they travel to Cebu to take on the Philippines ‘Azkals’ on November 15 for their final warm-up match later this year.
2012 has not been an impressive year for Raddy, as he recorded only a single win out of seven international ‘A’ friendlies, with the Lions suffering a 7-1 drubbing by Iraq in a 2014 World Cup qualifier as well.
That poor run of form has condemned them to their lowest-ever FIFA world ranking of 162 in October 2012, a spot above Samoa and one behind Hong Kong.
Fans will be able to purchase tickets for the friendly between Singapore and India on match-day at the Choa Chu Kang stadium from 5pm onwards.
LionsXII: Izwan Mahbud (GK), Hyrulnizam Juma'at (GK), Baihakki Khaizan, Shaiful Esah, Irwan Shah, Safuwan Baharudin, Sevki Sha'ban, Hariss Harun, Isa Halim, Yasir Hanapi, Safirul Sulaiman, Shahdan Sulaiman, Agu Casmir, Khairul Amri, Shahril Ishak.
Tampines Rovers: Jufri Taha, Mustafic Fahrudin, Aleksandar Duric.
SAFFC: Daniel Bennett, Fazrul Nawaz.
Home United: Shi Jiayi, Qiu Li.
Courts Young Lions: Fazli Ayob.
Balestier Khalsa: Joey Sim (GK).