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Countdown to the Philippines vs Singapore International Friendly

Philippines vs Singapore

With the LTC having just ended in Kaohsiung and the Philippines finishing second as well as retaining the Golden Boot (thanks to Chieffy Caligdong), all eyes are now focused on the two international friendlies that are to take place.

The first one is coming a couple of days from now, at the Jalan Besar Stadium, where grandstand tickets allocated to the Filipinos willing to root for the Azkals have already sold out, and gallery tickets are the only ones available, if you take the information from the Singapore FA.

The Lions already released their lineup for the friendly (those in bold played in their last match, a 2-0 loss to Iraq in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers).

Goalkeepers:
Lionel Lewis (Home United), Izwan Mahbud (Young Lions), Ridhuan Barudin (Tanjong Pagar United)

Defenders:
Afiq Yunos (Young Lions), Safuwan Baharudin (Young Lions), Hamqaamal Shah (Gombak United), Ismail Yunos (Gombak United), Juma'at Jantan (Home United), Daniel Bennett (SAFFC), Shaiful Esah (SAFFC), Noh Rahman (SAFFC), Delwinder Singh (Tanjong Pagar United),

Midfielders:
Hariss Harun (Young Lions), Zulfahmi Arifin (Young Lions), Shahdan Sulaiman (Tampines Rovers via Young Lions), Isa Halim (Home United), Shi Jiayi (Home United), Shukor Zailan (Tampines Rovers), Shahril Ishak (Medan Chiefs)

Forwards:
Aleksandar Duric (Tampines Rovers), Fazrul Nawaz (SAFFC), Qiu Li (Home United), Hafiz Rahim (Geylang United)

On our end, reports have been noted that ADO Den Haag midfielder Paul Mulders has already arrived in Singapore, with Fulham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge already on his way. The Azkals who participated in the LTC just arrived in Manila on Wednesday from Kaohsiung (via Hong Kong) and will be flying to Singapore on Thursday.

The Philippines has only won against Singapore once in their fifteen meetings (1972), whilst drawing a couple more times (1971, 2010). Of course, the last draw probably jumpstarted the revival of the sport in the country and turned it into what it is as of the moment.