SINGAPORE - LIONSXII goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud is set to receive the biggest birthday present of his life.
Turning 23 on Sunday, the Singapore No. 1 will collect almost $17,000 in prize money, after the LionsXII lifted the 2013 Malaysian Super League (MSL) title.
Almost half the squad are set to collect a five-figure windfall each, after the Singapore team received RM750,000 ($300,000) in prize money for being MSL champions.
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) confirmed with The New Paper that the entire sum will be split among the players.
An FAS spokesman said: "It was communicated to the team before the start of the season that the entire prize money earned will be distributed among the players."
LionsXII coach V Sundramoorthy and his assistant, K Balagumaran, along with the other members of the backroom staff, will receive a separate year-end bonus based on their respective key performance indicators, which includes a good finish in the MSL.