Football: FAS announce 20-man squad to face Oman in Asian Cup qualifier

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has named a 20-man Singapore squad for the national team's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup qualifying match against Oman.

Singapore are bottom of Group A with three points after a run of five matches that yielded just one win and four defeats. Oman, who have qualified for next year's finals in Australia, are top with 11 points.

Lions coach Bernd Stange has continued put his faith in youngsters like Zulfahmi Arifin, Iqbal Hussain and Anumanthan Kumar and gave a recall to Home United full-back Juma'at Jantan, 30.

But the Lions will miss the services of regulars like centre-back Baihakki Khaizan (suspended), midfielder Isa Halim and forward Khairul Amri (both injured).

Said Stange: "This is also a golden opportunity especially for our younger players to gain invaluable experience playing against quality opponents, and this can only help to develop them both on the physical and mental fronts.

"We will try to achieve a good result in Oman but the result is not the most important thing. I look forward to another interesting and challenging encounter with Oman."

The match takes place next Wednesday in Muscat.

Goalkeepers: Izwan Mahbud (LionsXII), Hassan Sunny (Warriors FC), Fadhil Salim (Hougang United)

Defenders: Shakir Hamzah, Faritz Hameed, Afiq Yunos, Safuwan Baharudin, Madhu Mohana, Hafiz Abu Sujad (all LionsXII), Zulfadli Zainal Abidin (Warriors), Juma'at Jantan, Ismail Yunos (both Home United)

Midfielders: Zulfahmi Arifin, Gabriel Quak, Faris Ramli (all LionsXII), Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Takzim I), Anumanthan Kumar (Courts Young Lions)

Forwards: Shahfiq Ghani (LionsXII), Shahril Ishak (Johor Darul Takzim II), Iqbal Hussain (Courts Young Lions)