SPL Team of the Week: Matchweek 16

SPL Team of the Week: Matchweek 16.

Mukundan Maran (Hougang United)
A pivotal figure in the Cheetah’s 2-2 draw with Tanjong Pagar, the Hougang stopper kept his side in the game against the Jaguars with several crucial saves in the first half.

Masaya Idetsu (Albirex Niigata)
The right-back grabbed two assists in his side’s 4-1 win over Balestier Khalsa, delivering a free-kick for Kodai Tanaka to head in before finding Ilhan Fandi again for the fourth goal with a punted long pass.

Joshua Pereira (Geylang International)
Arguably the man of the match in Geylang’s heroic 1-1 draw with Lion City Sailors. Produced countless tackles, with one particular last ditch challenge in the penalty box – when a Sailors attacker was about to pull the trigger – the standout moment.

Raihan Rahman (Tanjong Pagar United)
A centre-back may seem an unusual choice to take set pieces but Raihan showed why he is entrusted with that responsibility. He scored directly from a corner in the sixth minute – his first goal of the season – and had a hand in the Jaguar’s second goal, which started from his free-kick.

Ahmad Syahir (Geylang)
Such was the attacking intent from the marauding left-back that at times, he found himself as the furthest forward for his team. He also defended his flank superbly.

Kan Kobayashi (Albirex)
The midfielder controlled the game and provided the assist for Ilhan’s spectacular opener. He was the main creative outlet for the White Swans and looked dangerous every time he was given the ball.

Huzaifah Aziz (Geylang)
Physical and aggressive when he needed to be, Huzaifah was also a calming influence in midfielder and helped the Eagles hang onto possession at important periods of the match.

Zehrudin Mehmedovic (Tampines Rovers)
The Serb put in a man-of-the-match performance in Tampines’ 5-2 victory over Young Lions, which was their first win in six games. Mehmedovic assisted Boris Kopitovic for the opening goal, before adding one of his own later in the game.

Ilhan Fandi (Albirex)
The 19-year-old continued his fine form by scoring his first hat-trick in the Singapore Premier League, which included an outrageous bicycle kick that opened the scoring for Albirex. He has managed seven goals in six outings for the Japanese side.

Taufik Suparno (Tampines)
Not only did he bag a brace in the convincing win, Taufik was a tireless presence up front, pressing the Young Lions defence and denying them any time on the ball. A hugely effective performance.

Hazzuwan Halim (Geylang)
Unlucky to have a goal disallowed after some clever running from deep, he was lively in attack and was responsible for opening goal against the defending champions. He played a neat one-two with Sime Zuzul before winning the penalty, which was converted by Zuzul.

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