Football: S'pore U-21s face China U-22s in two friendlies in Oct

Singapore Under-21 coach Richard Tardy gives instructions to his team at a training session at Bishan Stadium on July 18, 2016.
Singapore Under-21 coach Richard Tardy gives instructions to his team at a training session at Bishan Stadium on July 18, 2016.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced on Thursday (Sept 29) that the national Under-21 team will play two friendly matches next month against China's Under-22 side.

The games will be on Oct 4 in Hohhot and four days later in Qujing.

Frenchman Richard Tardy, head coach of Singapore's youth teams, will take charge of the 23-strong squad, which has an average age of 19.65.

He said: "China is one of the strongest teams in Asia, so we are very happy to be able to play these matches against them as part of our long-term preparations for next year's SEA Games in Malaysia.

"With the SEA Games less than a year away, these friendlies will be a good test, because we saw in our recent match against Bahrain (losing 1-0 at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium earlier this month) that there are still areas where we can do more.

"I am grateful to the FAS management for arranging these top-class friendlies for the team."

The Singapore team:

Goalkeepers

Hairul Syirhan, Fashah Iskandar, Zharfan Rohaizad

Defenders

Dhukilan Jeevamani, Illyas Lee, Faizal Roslan, Rusyaidi Salime, Amirul Adli, Shahrin Saberin, Shafie Muliantoh, Taufiq Muqminin, Ngee Yeo Hai

Midfielders

Haiqal Pashia Anugrah, Mahathir Azeman, Hafiz Sulaiman, Hami Syahin, Shameer Aziq, Joshua Bernard Pereira, Jonathan Tan

Forwards

Adam Swandi, Shafeeq Faruk, Amiruldin Asraf, Ryan Syaffiq