Football: Singapore to play Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong in friendlies

The Singapore football team celebrating Bhaihakki Khaizan's goal during the first leg match of the AFF Suzuki Cup final held at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Dec 19, 2012. The Singapore national football team will face Papua New Guinea and Hong Kon
The Singapore football team celebrating Bhaihakki Khaizan's goal during the first leg match of the AFF Suzuki Cup final held at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Dec 19, 2012. The Singapore national football team will face Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong in friendly matches on Sep 6 and 9 respectively. -- PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN FILE

The Singapore national football team will face Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong in friendly matches on Sep 6 and 9 respectively.

The matches will take place at Hougang Stadium at 7.30pm on both days.

Singapore are currently ranked 152nd in the world while Papua New Guinea is 200th and Hong Kong is 161st.

The matches are part of the Lions' preparations for November's Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup, which is co-hosted at the Sports Hub.

National coach Bernd Stange has called up a 25-man squad for these two matches.

"These upcoming international friendly matches will serve as a way for us to have more time to play and train together," said Stange,

"This can only be good for us, as it allows the players to get used to playing together as a team with the style I am implementing.

"We are looking forward to playing against Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong."

Ticket prices for both matches are at $3 (concession) and $12 (grandstand). Fans can also purchase grandstand tickets for both matches for a bundle price of $20.

Singapore squad

Goalkeepers: Izwan Mahbud, Hassan Sunny, Rudy Khairullah

Defenders: Amirul Adli, Al-Qaasimy Abdul Rahman, Fadli Kamis, Baihakki Khaizan, Afiq Yunos, Shakir Hamzah, Safuwan Baharudin, Madhu Mohana, Shaiful Esah

Midfielders: Shameer Aziq, Iqbal Hussain, Anumanthan Mohan Kumar, Zulfahmi Arifin, Shahfiq Ghani, Faris Ramli, Hariss Harun, Shahdan Sulaiman, Suria Prakash, Adam Swandi, Stanley Ng

Forwards: Sahil Suhaimi, Fazrul Nawaz