He was once touted as a striker of the future, but Irfan Fandi could be given a taste of defensive duties when Singapore face Afghanistan on Thursday.
Singapore coach V. Sundramoorthy has a brighter future than Malaysian rival Ong Kim Swee ahead of the third round of 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying.
Malaysia put up a spirited defensive display as they held Philippines to a 0-0 draw in an international friendly in Manila on Wednesday night.
Home United forward Khairul Nizam admits that he was once lazy and hot-headed, but is determined to make the most of his international recall.
Malaysia coach Ong Kim Swee says having a backline that have featured consistently this season is a big plus point ahead of the Philippines game.
Singapore have suffered a double blow ahead of their Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain with the withdrawal of Shahril Ishak and Hafiz Abu Sujad.