Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2008-2011), LionsXII (2012-2015), Tampines Rovers (2016-2017), Nongbua Pitchaya (2018-2019), Trat FC (2020), Samut Prakan City (2020-2021), Hougang United (2021)
An excellent shot-stopper with cat-like reflexes and comfortable with the ball at his feet, Izwan is most fondly remembered for pulling off 18 saves in one incredible match. He kept Asian giants Japan at bay to help Singapore secure a memorable 0-0 draw in Saitama in a June 2015 FIFA World Cup Qualifier. The 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup winner has gone from strength to strength in his career, playing in Thailand, one of Southeast Asia’s toughest leagues, where he represented three clubs – Nongbua Pitchaya, Trat and Samut Prakan from 2018 to 2021. Returning home for a half-season stint with Hougang United last year, Izwan is now on board with the Sailors, adding to the reigning champions’ strength in depth.
Adib Nur Hakim
DOB/Age: 9 March 1998 (24)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2016-2019)
A promising shot-stopper with immense physical attributes, Adib is an exciting goalkeeping talent to look out for in the future. His potential has not gone unnoticed, and he was called up to the Singapore national team for their games against Qatar and Yemen in 2019. Adib spent the first four years of his professional career with the Young Lions, before signing for the Sailors in 2020. Currently the most junior custodian at the club, Adib will look to develop himself further by learning from his more experienced counterparts in Hassan and Rudy, as he takes the next step towards becoming a top-class goalkeeper.
DOB/Age: 19 July 1994 (28)
Previous Clubs: Gombak United (2012), Young Lions (2013-2015), Home United (2017-2019), Balestier Khalsa (2022 – loan)
Possessing great reflexes and a safe pair of hands, Rudy is a solid option in the Sailors goalkeeping department. Following stints at Gombak United and the Young Lions, the former Singapore Under-23 custodian joined Home United in 2017. Rudy then rose to become the first-choice goalkeeper the following year, and played a starring role in the club’s successful run in the AFC Cup, where they were crowned ASEAN Zonal champions. After a loan stint with Balestier in 2022, he is now back to help the Sailors in our quest for silverware.
DOB/Age: 18 December 1992 (30)
Previous Clubs: Goiás Esporte Clube (2010-2015), Associação Atlética Aparecidense (2012 – loan), Cianorte Futebol Clube (2015-2018), Vitoria Guimaraes (2015-2018 – loan, 2018-2021), Al-Wehda (2020-2021 – loan), Atletico Goianiense (2021-2022)
Possessing aerial prowess, astute positional sense and the composure that complements his ability to distribute the ball from defence, the 1.9m Pedro is the commander that the Sailors can depend on to marshal the defence. Armed with experience from the Brazilian and Portuguese top-tier leagues, the 29-year-old was once a target for FC Porto in 2017 after helping Vitoria Guimaraes finish fourth in the league and runner-ups in the Portuguese Cup the previous season. In that same year and subsequently in 2019, he also played in the UEFA Europa League with Vitoria. Pedro signed a three-year deal with the Sailors, and his presence is key at the club as he looks to mentor local defenders the likes of Amirul Adli, Tajeli Salamat and Aniq Raushan.
DOB/Age: 29 March 1998 (24)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2016-2019, 2021-2022)
A modern-day full-back who is aggressive in the tackle and excels in making forward runs to support the attack, Zulqarnaen is an asset at both ends of the pitch. Part of the Sailors’ squad in the club’s inaugural season in 2020, he returned to play for Young Lions for one and a half seasons where he furthered his development and is now a Singapore national team regular. Now back as a Sailor and free from National Service obligations, Zulqarnaen is yearning to put in more consistent performances to make the right-back spot at the club his own.
DOB/Age: 13 January 1996 (26)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2016-2017), Tampines Rovers (2018-2020)
Long regarded as one of Singapore’s brightest young defenders, Adli made his National Team debut at the tender age of 18 – a mark of how highly regarded the centre-back is in the local football fraternity. Adli has since gone from strength to strength, and has rightly earned himself a reputation in the SPL as a tough tackler and an excellent reader of the game. His versatility also means he can also play in midfield for the Sailors, although his preferred position has always been in the heart of defence.
DOB/Age: 19 November 1990 (32)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2007-2011), LionsXII (2012-2013), Johor Darul Ta’zim (2014-2021), Home United (2017 – loan)
As one of Singapore’s most successful footballers of all time, Hariss is a household name who was brought in to be the engine of the Sailors squad. The all-conquering midfielder joined the Sailors in 2021 after a successful eight-year spell at Malaysia Super League (MSL) side Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), where he led them to six league titles, as well as to a historic AFC Cup victory in 2015. A natural leader, the Lions skipper will be tasked with guiding the exciting young talents at the club, as he looks to usher in a new era of success for the Sailors.
Nur Adam Abdullah
DOB/Age: 13 April 2001 (21)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2019-2020)
A modern full-back who is as capable of supporting the attack as he is at defending, Nur Adam is among one of Singapore’s most exciting youth prospects. While the 2018 Dollah Kassim award winner’s talent has never been in doubt, it is Nur Adam’s excellent mental strength and will to succeed that sets him apart from his peers. Now with the Sailors, Nur Adam will be eager to prove himself on a bigger stage as he looks to develop into a bona fide football star.
DOB/Age: 8 September 2001 (21)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2020-2021)
A lanky defender with excellent physical attributes and is composed on the ball, Bill is highly-rated and has the potential to go far. First called up to train with Home United’s – the former iteration of the Sailors – first team in 2017 when he was three months shy of his 16th birthday, the youngster made his debut for the Protectors two years later. Continuing his development with the Young Lions for the last couple of seasons, Bill – son of former Singapore international Bah Mamadou – is now back with the Sailors and ready to make an impression after completing his National Service obligations.
DOB/Age: 14 July 1994 (28)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2012-2015), Hougang United (2016-2017, 2019-2020), Home United (2017-2018), Kedah Darul Aman (2021)
Anu is one of the finest defensive midfielders in the country, adding some much-needed steel to the Sailors engine room. He joined the Sailors in 2022 after a good season north of the Causeway with Kedah Darul Aman, where he was a key member of the squad that helped the club finish second in the Malaysia Super League behind the all-conquering Johor Darul Ta’zim. Anu also previously helped Home United – the former iteration of the Sailors – to be crowned AFC Asean Zone champions in 2018. If required, the 2016 S.League (now Singapore Premier League) Young Player of the Year also has the ability to play in the heart of defence.
Diego might carry the expectations of being the Singapore Premier League’s first-ever multi-million dollar signing, but he certainly has the ability to back it up. Having come through the Benfica youth system, Diego went on to establish himself in the Portuguese league as a goalscoring midfielder with superb technical ability and an eye for a killer pass. His creativity and goal threat from the middle of the park will help to raise the Sailors’ game to the next level.
DOB/Age: 22 August 1988 (34)
Previous Clubs: Tanjong Pagar United (2011, 2012-2013), Home United (2012, 2018-2019), Geylang International (2014-2015), Warriors FC (2016-2017)
Well-known as a speed merchant, Hafiz is capable of outpacing almost any defender in the league, and has forged himself a reputation as a dangerous and tricky winger. Despite making his professional debut at the belated age of 21, Hafiz has already become a fixture in the Singapore national team. Hafiz enjoyed his best season to date in 2019, where he scored nine goals in all competitions at club level for Home United. Hafiz’s devastating pace on the flanks makes him a perfect fit for the high-tempo, attacking style football that the Sailors aspire to.
DOB/Age: 16 December 1998 (24)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2015-2018), Home United (2019), Young Lions (2020-2021)
An elegant midfield playmaker who always seems to have an extra yard of space on the ball and has the vision to produce defence-splitting passes, Hami has long been viewed as one of the most accomplished local midfielders since making his professional debut in 2016. At just age 23, he already has more than 100 professional club appearances under his belt and is now playing in his eighth season in the Singapore Premier League. Hami enjoyed an excellent 2019 season with Home United – the former iteration of the Sailors – scoring the decisive penalty to help the club win the Community Shield, and also netting a long-range scorcher on his AFC Cup debut. After two seasons with Young Lions and a strong campaign with Singapore at the AFF Suzuki Cup, he now sets sail with the Sailors.
DOB/Age: 9 December 1999 (23)
Previous Clubs: Home United (2017-2019), Young Lions (2021-2022)
A winger with great stamina and explosive acceleration, Arshad is a bright young talent to keep an eye out for. The unheralded youngster burst onto the scene in 2018 with a mature debut performance against Geylang International. Despite his relative youth, Arshad has already entrenched himself among the senior squad, and has even represented Singapore in the AFC Under-23 Championship qualifiers. While he may not boast the experience of some of his other Sailors team-mates, Arshad is definitely still capable of contributing on the pitch with his unpredictability and bravery.
DOB/Age: 12 January 1996 (27)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2015-2016), Home United (2017, 2019), Albirex Niigata (S) (2018)
Blessed with superb close control and the ability to pull something out of the extraordinary, Adam has long been viewed as one of the best Singaporean young talents to emerge in recent times. Adam first came to prominence after impressing in the 2011 and 2012 Lion City Cup, which earned him a two-year contract with French Ligue 2 outfit FC Metz. He then returned to Singapore to play for the Young Lions, before eventually signing for Albirex Niigata (S) in 2018, where he won the domestic treble, as well as the SPL Young Player of the Year award. The future is bright for the young playmaker, who will be hoping to fulfil his undeniable potential with the Sailors.
A proven goalscorer who comes with aerial prowess, clinical finishing ability and a winning mentality to top it all off, the 1.98m Shin-wook adds a whole new dimension to the Sailors’ attack. The announcement of his acquisition last November set pulses racing, and understandably so, given his huge reputation in this region. During his 11 seasons in South Korea, Shin-wook bagged 132 goals to climb to third in the K League 1’s all-time top scorer charts and is a two-time domestic title winner with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in 2017 and 2018. His experience in the AFC Champions League – he won the competition twice in 2012 with Ulsan Hyundai and in 2016 with Jeonbuk – will also add to the Sailors’ cause. With 16 goals in 56 appearances, he is also a seasoned South Korean international who played in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Having signed on a three-year deal from Shanghai Shenhua where he won the 2019 Chinese FA Cup, Shin-wook is a consummate professional whose experience and know-how at the highest level will help drive the Sailors towards the vision of growing into one of Asia’s biggest clubs.
Maxime Lestienne is a direct winger blessed with a turn of pace, an eye for a pass, and composure in tight situations. The 29-year-old left-footed wide player brings an additional attacking threat with his ability to deliver quality balls from set-pieces.
Lestienne was a part of PSV Eindhoven’s 2015/16 UCL squad that fell at the Round of 16 to eventual finalists, Atletico Madrid. The Dutch giants came out of Group B at the expense of Manchester United, with Lestienne recording two goals and two assists for PSV during that European campaign.
He has a record of 29 appearances and six goals in UEFA’s second tier regional competition, the Europa League, with Standard and fellow Belgian side Club Brugge.
Lestienne is a product of the now-defunct Mouscron academy and has been capped at all Belgian youth levels, as part of the country’s Golden Generation alongside the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku. He has received several call-ups to the Belgian national team, but has yet to be capped. He joins the Lion City Sailors from Belgian side Standard Liege.
DOB/Age: 8 January 1997 (25)
Previous Clubs: Home United (2017-2019)
A hardworking forward who offers a physical presence up top, Amiruldin has the ability to not only score, but also bring his team-mates into the game with his hold-up play. The son of former national striker Nordin Khalil, Amiruldin netted 16 goals to finish top scorer of the 2016 Prime League season. He went on to star for Singapore at the 2017 SEA Games, where he scored a memorable long-range strike against hosts Malaysia. Amiruldin will be looking to impress for the Sailors, as he works towards becoming a top striker for both club and country.
DOB/Age: 29 November 1998 (24)
Previous Clubs: Young Lions (2017-2019)
An electric winger who can operate as an inside forward, Haiqal is one of the rare footballers who is equally comfortable with using either foot. While he suffered a major injury in 2016, Haiqal’s determination to succeed in the game saw him overcome the setback, and he subsequently made his SPL debut for the Young Lions in 2017. His natural talent helped him become a first-team regular for Young Lions, and he was even called up to represent Singapore at the 2019 SEA Games. Haiqal joined the Sailors in 2020, where he will now be hoping to push on further in his career.
DOB/Age: 24 August 2001 (22)
Previous Clubs: Home United (2019), Tanjong Pagar United (2021 – loan)
Anaqi is a versatile attacker who can play anywhere across the front line, and with his predatory instincts, the 20-year-old is a reliable striking option that the Sailors can rely on. Making his professional debut in 2019 with Home United – the former iteration of the Sailors – Anaqi’s breakthrough season truly came in 2021 when he scored four goals in 12 appearances in a productive loan spell at Tanjong Pagar. Anaqi will be looking to carry on where he left off, to stake a claim in the Sailors first team and edge closer to a national Under-22 call-up.