Nizam, Fazrul to lead Lions attack in place of Amri

Singapore's main striker Khairul Amri is a confirmed absentee from the Lions squad to face Myanmar and Afghanistan.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) yesterday named a 23-man team to play Thursday's friendly against Myanmar at Jalan Besar as well as the Lions' final World Cup qualifier against Afghanistan on March 29 in Teheran.

With Amri still recovering from a calf injury, his half-brother Nizam and Fazrul Nawaz will step in to fuel the Singapore attack.

The announcement also saw Home United captain Juma'at Jantan, 32, receive his first call-up to the national team since 2014.

However, defender Madhu Mohana was left out, as he is serving out his ban for a straight red card in his last international match against Syria in November.

There was also no room in the squad for Irfan Fandi. Instead, the 18-year-old and his 16-year-old brother Ikhsan will be with the Under-21 team in Teheran to play two friendlies against their Iranian counterparts on March 26 and 28.

Besides the legendary Fandi Ahmad's two sons, 18 other players have been called up to the U-21s, including Adam Swandi, Joshua Bernard Pereira and Muhaimin Suhaimi from the Garena Young Lions.

Tickets for the Singapore-Myanmar friendly are available at and AXS Stations islandwide until 4pm on match day. Sales will resume thereafter from 4.30pm onwards on match day at the Jalan Besar Stadium (North Gate), subject to availability.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2016, with the headline 'Nizam, Fazrul to lead Lions attack in place of Amri'. Print Edition | Subscribe