Earlier today (28 November), Singapore coach Tatsuma Yoshida announced the final 28-man Lions squad that will battle for honours at the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 from 5 December to 1 January 2022.
All 12 Sailors who were in the Japanese tactician’s provisional squad made the final cut, including Hariss Harun and Hafiz Nor who have joined the squad after recovering from Covid-19.
The 101-cap Hariss will captain the Lions’ side looking to re-establish Singapore as kings of Southeast Asia. He was part of the Lions’ Class of 2012, the last Singapore side to win the Suzuki Cup, some nine years ago.
Singapore, four-time winners of the AFF Suzuki Cup, will begin their Group A campaign against Myanmar on 5 Dec, before going on to face the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Thailand over the subsequent 13 days.
“The team has worked hard during the past month and now that our first match is approaching, we are all very much looking forward to getting our Suzuki Cup campaign started. This is a huge tournament for us and as the home team, we know that the eyes of the nation are upon us, and expectations will be high,” said the 31-year-old.
“I have seen the amount of hard work and effort put in not just by my fellow teammates but also the entire backroom staff. We need no other motivation for us to go out there, play for each other as well for the flag, and hopefully bring pride and joy to Singapore and our fans.”
The Lions will play all their group games at the Singapore Sports Hub’s National Stadium. Tickets are available for purchase at www.fas.org.sg/tickets.
Sailors in Tatsuma Yoshida’s Lions’ squad for AFF Suzuki Cup 2020:
Goalkeeper: Hassan Sunny
Defenders: Amirul Adli, Nur Adam Abdullah, Tajeli Salamat
Midfielders: Hariss Harun, Saifullah Akbar, Shahdan Sulaiman, Song Ui-young, Adam Swandi
Forwards: Faris Ramli, Gabriel Quak, Hafiz Nor