Lions skipper Hariss Harun: From cub to leader of the pride

Hariss proud to earn his 100th cap but hopes Lions can recapture spirit of his early years

Singapore fans go wild after Harris Harun scores one of his two goals against Myanmar in their AFF Suzuki Cup game at the National Stadium on Nov 26, 2014. Hariss Harun looking sharp during national team training in 2017. He will be the 13th Lion to
Hariss Harun looking sharp during national team training in 2017. He will be the 13th Lion to win a century of caps against Qatar tonight but is firmly focused on the future and is targeting another AFF Championship title.FILE PHOTO: BH, TNP
Singapore fans go wild after Harris Harun scores one of his two goals against Myanmar in their AFF Suzuki Cup game at the National Stadium on Nov 26, 2014. Hariss Harun looking sharp during national team training in 2017. He will be the 13th Lion to
Singapore fans go wild after Harris Harun scores one of his two goals against Myanmar in their AFF Suzuki Cup game at the National Stadium on Nov 26, 2014. FILE PHOTO: BH, TNP
Singapore fans go wild after Harris Harun scores one of his two goals against Myanmar in their AFF Suzuki Cup game at the National Stadium on Nov 26, 2014. Hariss Harun looking sharp during national team training in 2017. He will be the 13th Lion to
FILE PHOTO: BH, TNP

Hariss Harun, as always, will have his game face on when he leads Singapore out tonight in their international friendly against Asian champions Qatar at the Al Duhail Stadium in Doha.

The Lions skipper, though, was in reflective mood when the national team touched down in Doha on Tuesday, as the significance of the match began to dawn on him. The Qatar friendly is set to be his 100th appearance for his country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2019, with the headline 'From cub to leader of the pride'. Subscribe