Football: Veteran Lions axed from squad

Singapore coach V. Sundram Moorthy and Shahril Ishak at a training session in May 2016. Sundram declined to comment about his decision to drop the trio.
Singapore coach V. Sundram Moorthy and Shahril Ishak at a training session in May 2016. Sundram declined to comment about his decision to drop the trio.PHOTO: ST FILE

Shahril, Bennett & Mustafic will not face the Maldives and the Chinese Taipei this month

Three Lions stalwarts who combine for 110 years in age, 361 caps in experience and contributed to two Asean triumphs have been dropped from the Singapore football squad.

The Straits Times (ST) understands that skipper and playmaker Shahril Ishak (134 caps, 14 goals), and defenders Daniel Bennett (142 caps, six goals) and Mustafic Fahrudin (85 caps, eight goals), will not be included in the squad that will take on the Maldives at the National Stadium on March 23 and the dead-rubber Asian Cup qualifier in Chinese Taipei four days later.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2018, with the headline 'Veteran Lions axed from squad'. Print Edition | Subscribe