Asean Para Games: Meet Khairul Anwar, Singapore's David Beckham trending on Twitter

Khairul Anwar celebrating after scoring a trademark piledriver on Dec 3, 2015.
Khairul Anwar celebrating after scoring a trademark piledriver on Dec 3, 2015.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Khairul Amri is a household name among Singapore football fans, but there's a new man - sharing the same first name and a penchant for finding the net from all angles - who is trending on Twitter and leaving opponents in jitters.

Step forward Khairul Anwar, Singapore's cerebral palsy football team captain who is drawing comparisons with English icon David Beckham for several long-range stunners at the ongoing Asean Para Games.

On Saturday, the 29-year-old bagged not one, not two, but three top-quality goals from distance in a 3-5 round-robin loss to defending champions Myanmar. In the process, he became the first local player to score a hat-trick at the new National Stadium.

 

Highlighted by a looping effort from the halfway line, the defender - yes, he plays at the back - took his individual tally for the tournament up to four goals in two games.

On The Straits Times' Facebook page, fans have showered praise on Singapore's latest football hero. Malvin Kang called the goals "truly bada**", while Ignatius Roger Kheng aptly summed it up as such: " Sorry....i have to said i shouted WTF when I saw this. Salute. Power! Nice goals!"

As highlights of Khairul's strikes go viral, fans can catch him in the flesh when Singapore take on favourites Thailand at the National Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 12.30pm - expect Khairul's left foot to let fly with another howitzer or two.