Football: Lions' Suzuki Cup preparations hit by social media outburst by Baihakki Khaizan

Hafiz Sujad and Baihakki Khaizan at training.
Hafiz Sujad and Baihakki Khaizan at training.ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

MANILA - Even as the Singapore national football team prepare to revive their Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup chances on Wednesday, defender Baihakki Khaizan's Facebook postings hinted that perhaps all is not well in the Lions camp in Manila.

The veteran centre-back lashed out on the social media platform at an unnamed member of the Lions' backroom staff at noon on Wednesday, but it was taken down by 7pm.

The Singapore team, after a 0-0 draw against co-hosts Philippines and a 0-1 loss to Thailand, face Indonesia on Friday needing a win to have a chance of advancing to the semi-finals.

However, Baihakki - who has 129 caps but has not started a single game at this AFF Cup -blasted in his initial post, which was written in Malay, that an assistant coach in the team caused him to lose his place in the first XI.

The 32-year-old added that the assistant coach and caretaker coach V. Sundramoorthy had been giving him the silent treatment.

The Straits Times understands that the post is directed at Sundram's assistant in this AFF Cup, Firdaus Kassim, 29, who was appointed last month.

Baihakki also said that he was axed because of the assistant coach's analysis of his match statistics.

Sundram had said that the defender was not given a starting place because the player had been recovering from an undisclosed illness and needs to regain match fitness.

But Baihakki later removed his post in the same evening, saying in a status update: "Had a few meetings and manage to clear the air.. Let's move forward, stay positive and look at the bright side of things."