Football: Calm Hariss a 'natural leader'

Midfielder given captaincy owing to his influence, humility as Lions seek improvement under Fandi

From left: Faris Ramli, new captain Hariss Harun and Jacob Mahler at the launch of the new Lions jersey at Weston Corporation in Kallang Wave Mall yesterday. Singapore will play friendlies against Mongolia and Cambodia on Friday and next Tuesday resp
From left: Faris Ramli, new captain Hariss Harun and Jacob Mahler at the launch of the new Lions jersey at Weston Corporation in Kallang Wave Mall yesterday. Singapore will play friendlies against Mongolia and Cambodia on Friday and next Tuesday respectively as they prepare for next month's AFF Suzuki Cup.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

He is arguably the most successful footballer Singapore has had in the past decade. Six consecutive Malaysia Super League titles starting from 2013, one Malaysia Cup win, one Malaysia FA Cup triumph, one Asian Football Confederation Cup victory, 85 caps for Singapore as well as lifting the 2012 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup.

Now, Hariss Harun has earned the honour of a lifetime by getting the Lions armband on a permanent basis, following in the footsteps of previous captains like Fandi Ahmad, Lim Tong Hai, Terry Pathmanathan, Nazri Nasir and Shahril Ishak.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2018, with the headline 'Calm Hariss a 'natural leader''. Subscribe