Soccer | Singapore victory over Maldives overcast by Ikhsan Fandi harm

SINGAPORE: A morale-boosting 3-1 win for the Singapore nationwide soccer workforce towards Maldives on Saturday night on the Jalan Besar Stadium forward of their AFF Mitsubishi Electrical Cup marketing campaign subsequent week was marred by harm issues to their primary striker Ikhsan Fandi who was stretched off the sector within the closing levels of the primary half.

The Lions opened their account by Ilhan Fandi within the fourth minute when he brilliantly sneaked in between the Maldives defence to attach a thumping header from a Christopher van Huizen cross down the left flank.

“I’m completely delighted for my first objective. The AFF, it will likely be a superb morale booster for the workforce, so we are able to’t wait to get began. We want your assist, thanks to the followers who got here down right this moment. I hope the sport towards Myanmar we are able to get greater crowd on each side. We are able to’t wait so hopefully you benefit from the AFF,” mentioned Ilhan, who not too long ago signed for Belgian second division aspect KMSK Deinze, within the post-match interview.

Though the hosts dominated the match, the guests managed to drag a objective again within the seventeenth minute by Ibrahim Mahudee, who managed to interrupt away from his marker van Huizen and rose highest to move previous Singapore’s goalkeeper Zaiful Nizam.

With star striker Ikhsan unable to proceed the match attributable to a knee harm, Singapore head coach Takayuki Nishigaya introduced on Hougang United ahead Shawal Anuar who added a much-needed spark and vitality to the workforce frontline.

Shawal wasted no time in restoring Singapore their lead after the break. Regardless of being intently watched by the Maldives defender, Shawal did properly to attach with half-time substitute Track Uiyong cross from the left and headed in direction of the underside left nook of the submit for his first objective of the match.

The Lions took a two-goal lead within the 87th minute, as soon as once more by Shawal who scored his fourth worldwide objective. Trying to bury the sport past the guests, the Lions pushed on laborious and located themselves down the correct aspect with Ryhan Stewart. The Chiangmai FC participant delivered a tantalising cross for Shawal to slam house from shut vary.

Singapore will begin their AFF Mitsubishi Cup Group B marketing campaign towards Myanmar on the Jalan Besar Stadium on 24 Dec earlier than internet hosting Vietnam on the similar venue on 30 Dec. They’ll then face Laos on 27 Dec and Malaysia on 3 Jan in an away match. Tickets to the Vietnam match are offered out, however there are nonetheless restricted tickets nonetheless out there for the Myanmar match on the market.

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