Football: Courts Young Lions' Taufik Suparno called up for World Cup qualifiers

Football: Courts Young Lions' Taufik Suparno called up for World Cup qualifiers

The Lions will play Japan and Syria in Singapore on Nov 12 and 17 respectively.

SINGAPORE: Courts Young Lions player Taufik Suparno has been called up to join the national football team, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced on Friday (Nov 6).

He will be part of the squad that will take on Japan and Syria in the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. The Lions face Japan on Nov 12, while their match with Syria takes place on Nov 17.

Both qualifying matches will be held at the National Stadium in Singapore. In their previous meeting, the Lions held Japan to a goalless draw thanks to keeper Izwan Mahbud's heroics; they then lost 1-0 to Syria during their match in Oman.

Taufik Suparno, 20, joined Courts Young Lions from Tampines Rovers FC (TRFC) last month, and has starred in TRFC’s march to the Great Eastern-YEO’s Prime League title, said FAS.

“This is a young team with an average age of 25.1,” said Bernd Stange, head coach of the national team. "Taufik deserves the call-up and it will be a key opportunity for him to train with, and learn from, the best national players in Singapore during the next two weeks, including captain Shahril Ishak and Hariss Harun.”

Khairul Amri will miss out both games due to injury.

On the absence of Khairul Amri, Stange said: “Injuries and suspensions are part and parcel of the game. We feel sad that Amri will miss the matches against top Asian teams, and we hope that he recovers well.”

The Lions currently sit in third place in Group E with 10 points from five matches. Syria have 12 points from five matches, while Japan are second with 10 points from four games.

The full squad list as follows:

S/N

NAME

AGE

POSITION

CLUB

1

HASSAN BIN ABDULLAH SUNNY

31

GK

ARMY UTD

2

MOHAMAD IZWAN BIN MAHBUD

25

GK

LIONSXII

3

ZAIFUL NIZAM BIN ABDULLAH

28

GK

BALESTIER KHALSA FC

4

BAIHAKKI BIN KHAIZAN

31

DF

JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM II

5

MADHU M MOHANA

24

DF

LIONSXII

6

MOHAMAD SHAIFUL BIN ESAH NAIN

29

DF

TAMPINES ROVERS FC

7

MOHAMMED FARITZ BIN ABDUL HAMEED

25

DF

LIONSXII

8

MUHAMMAD AMIRUL ADLI BIN AZMI

19

DF

COURTS YOUNG LIONS

9

MUHAMMAD NAZRUL BIN AHMAD NAZARI

24

DF

LIONSXII

10

MUHAMMAD SHAKIR BIN HAMZAH

23

DF

LIONSXII

11

CHRISTOPHER JAMES VAN HUIZEN

22

MF

LIONSXII

12

HARISS S/O HARUN

24

MF

JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM

13

MUHAMMAD FARIS BIN RAMLI

23

MF

LIONSXII

14

MUHAMMAD HAFIZ BIN ABU SUJAD

25

MF

LIONSXII

15

MUHAMMAD IZZDIN SHAFIQ BIN YACOB

24

MF

LIONSXII

16

MUHAMMAD SAFUWAN BIN BAHARUDIN

24

MF

LIONSXII

17

MUHAMMAD YASIR BIN HANAPI

26

MF

HOME UNITED FC

18

MUHAMMAD ZULFAHMI BIN MOHD ARIFIN

24

MF

LIONSXII

19

SAFIRUL BIN SULAIMAN

23

MF

COURTS YOUNG LIONS

20

FAZRUL NAWAZ S/O SHAHUL HAMEED

30

FW

WARRIORS FC

21

MOHAMAD TAUFIK BIN SUPARNO

20

FW

COURTS YOUNG LIONS

22

MOHAMMAD SHAHRIL BIN ISHAK

31

FW

JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM II

23

SAHIL BIN SUHAIMI

23

FW

LIONSXII

Source: CNA/xq

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