Bai's off, but Safuwan could stay with LionsXII

Bai's off, but Safuwan could stay with LionsXII

They were arguably the best defensive pair in South-east Asia over the last couple of seasons, forming a formidable partnership as Singapore stormed to a record fourth Suzuki Cup title in 2012.

There were part of the LionsXII team that made history when they lifted the Malaysian Super League title earlier this year.

There were fears both Baihakki Khaizan and Safuwan Baharudin would ply their trade in Malaysia next year.

While Baihakki revealed to The New Paper he was on the brink of joining Malaysian second tier side Johor FA next season, Safuwan could well be set to stick with the LionsXII.

Safuwan was mum when approached at national training at the Geylang Field on Monday, but TNP understands that he has already agreed to stay in Singapore.

The 22-year-old, regarded as one of the most talented footballers in Singapore, was previously linked to Malaysian Super League side T-Team.

Baihakki is set to move, though.

The 29-year-old told The New Paper: "The deal is almost done, but I'm still waiting for confirmation. I haven't signed the contract yet."

Like Hariss Harun, who has signed a two-year deal with Johor's main team, Johor Darul Takzim (JDT), Baihakki said he was lured by the club's lofty ambitions.

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