AFF Suzuki Cup 2018: 1 day to go

AFF Suzuki Cup: We are in the team on merit and we still have the winning mentality, say four veteran Lions

Once precocious teens, they are now members of Singapore football's golden generation. Hassan Sunny, Baihakki Khaizan, Shahril Ishak and Khairul Amri are put through their paces by sports correspondent David Lee ahead of the 2018 Suzuki Cup.
Lions Khairul Amri and Gabriel Quak being put through their paces in training ahead of their AFF Suzuki Cup opener with Indonesia tomorrow. Below, from left: Hassan Sunny, Baihakki Khaizan and Khairul Amri unanimously voting for Shahril Ishak, Singap
Lions Khairul Amri and Gabriel Quak being put through their paces in training ahead of their AFF Suzuki Cup opener with Indonesia tomorrow.ST PHOTOS: DESMOND WEE
Lions Khairul Amri and Gabriel Quak being put through their paces in training ahead of their AFF Suzuki Cup opener with Indonesia tomorrow. Below, from left: Hassan Sunny, Baihakki Khaizan and Khairul Amri unanimously voting for Shahril Ishak, Singap
From left: Hassan Sunny, Baihakki Khaizan and Khairul Amri unanimously voting for Shahril Ishak, Singapore's most-capped player (137), as the one among the four most likely to go out of shape after retiring from football.ST PHOTOS: DAVID LEE

Four veteran Lions bonded by friendship while united in desire to do Singapore proud

They had barely warmed their seats before banter flew in thick and fast - Baihakki Khaizan mocked Khairul Amri's decline in pace while Hassan Sunny ratted out Shahril Ishak as the one who snoozes the most.

It is clear this quartet get on like a house on fire, which is no surprise considering they grew up together as part of the precocious batch of footballers born in 1984 and 1985. Baihakki, Shahril and Hassan are all 34 while Amri is 33.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2018, with the headline 'Band of brothers'. Print Edition | Subscribe