Football: Lions to play four friendly matches in July against Cambodia and Japanese clubs

Singapore national football coach V Sundramoorthy (left) and Shahril Ishak during the Singapore Lions training in Myanmar in June 2016.
Singapore national football coach V Sundramoorthy (left) and Shahril Ishak during the Singapore Lions training in Myanmar in June 2016.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - The national football team is set to play four matches in July as part of its preparations for the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup later this year.

The 25-strong squad will assemble for centralised training from July 11-17, before travelling to Niigata, Japan, from July 18-26 where they will face Albirex Niigata on July 24. Details of another two matches to be played during the team's training trip against Japanese clubs will be announced at a later date.

V. Sundramoorthy's men will also play an away 'A' international friendly against Cambodia on July 28 in Phnom Penh's National Olympic Stadium.

Sundram has also recalled 38-year-old veteran Daniel Bennett after the England-born defender won the last of his 124 caps three years ago. The Republic's foreign-based players in Malaysia - Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Takzim I) and Shahril Ishak and Baihakki Khaizan (Johor Darul Takzim II) are not included.

"With the AFF Suzuki Cup coming up at the end of the year, I am grateful to the FAS management for arranging this centralised training camp as it is an important part of our preparations. At this stage of our preparations, it is essential for us to get together regularly and have high-quality matches against good opponents," said Sundram.

National team squad list:

Goalkeepers

Izwan Mahbud (Tampines Rovers), Khairulhin Khalid (Hougang United), Syazwan Buhari (Geylang International), Zaiful Nizam (Balestier Khalsa)

Defenders

Abdil Qaiyyim (Home United), Afiq Yunos, Hafiz Sujad, Shakir Hamzah (all Tampines), Daniel Bennett , Faritz Hameed (both Geylang), Madhu Mohana (Warriors FC), Nazrul Nazari (Hougang)

Midfielders

M. Anumanthan (Hougang), Gabriel Quak, Safirul Sulaiman (both Geylang), Hafiz Nor (Warriors), Izzdin Shafiq, Yasir Hanapi (both Tampines), Zulfahmi Arifin (Home)

Forwards

Sahil Suhaimi, Amy Recha (Geylang), Azhar Sairudin, Khairul Nizam (Home), Fazrul Nawaz (Tampines). Khairul Amri (Garena Young Lions)