Singapore count on own 'SAS'

Singapore count on own 'SAS'
Singapore U23s' SAS: Sahil Suhaimi (left) and Shahfiq Ghani


In the 1990s, there were Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton for Blackburn Rovers.

More recently, we've seen the rise of Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

At next month's South-east Asia (SEA) Games in Myanmar, Singapore will be counting on their local version of the "SAS" strike partnership between Shahfiq Ghani and Sahil Suhaimi.

Aide Iskandar's national Under-23 side have targeted a place in the final, but there are question marks over the team's attack after some poor showings in front of goal in recent friendly matches.

Their best bet to reach the final is to get Shahfiq and Sahil firing in tandem.

The two 21-year-olds scored a whopping 82 goals in the two seasons they played alongside each other for the National Football Academy (NFA) Under- 17 and Under-18 teams.

They haven't had many opportunities to partner each other in the last two years, mainly because of Sahil's national service commitments.

But the hotshots are confident they can soon pick up from where they left off.

LionsXII forward Shahfiq said: "I don't think it will take that long for us to click because we understand each other well. Hopefully we can get back to our best at the SEA Games."

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