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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Safuwan, Irfan Fandi impress Sundram before Asian Cup qualifier

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard looks ahead to Singapore's Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain in Group E.

Head coach V. Sundramoorthy has a selection dilemma about whether to persist with Singapore's latest central defensive partnership of ex-Melbourne City utility Safuwan Baharudin and teenager Irfan Fandi or opt for a more experienced pair for Tuesday's 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain.

The Lions' boss will reflect on Thursday night's 2-1 friendly defeat to Afghanistan in Doha before finalising his starting side for the third-round opener in Riffa.

Sundramoorthy went with the more youthful...

 By Gabriel Tan

Shawal Anuar scores first Singapore goal in friendly loss to Afghanistan

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ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard looks ahead to Singapore's Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain in Group E.

Shawal Anuar scored his first international goal but it was not enough to prevent Singapore from falling to a 2-1 friendly defeat to Afghanistan in Doha on Thursday night.

After Sharif Mukhammad had handed Afghanistan a fifth-minute lead at the Al Sailiya Sports Complex, Shawal got the Lions back in the contest with a clinical strike immediately after the restart.

But Mustafa Azadzoy capitalised on some sloppy defensive play to help the Afghans score the winner in the 57th minute.

In what was...

 By Nicolas Anil

Ong Kim Swee happy with Malaysia's defence ahead of AFF Suzuki Cup

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts discuss the short amount of time JDT players are released to the national team before they're required to return.

Another resolute performance in defence left Malaysia's Datuk Ong Kim Swee a contented man following the 1-1 draw with Afghanistan in Tuesday night's international friendly, even though the coach felt his team could have nicked the contest.

Noarollah Amiri had given the visitors the lead midway through the first half before Hadin Azman headed home the equaliser in first-half stoppage time after coming on as a substitute for the injured Syazwan Zainon.

"Based on the second half performance, we could...

 By Nicolas Anil

Malaysia score first goal since June but held to draw by Afghanistan

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Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson analyse Singapore's display against Malaysia and why they couldn't find the back of the net.
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Malaysia secured their second draw in just four days after a stalemate at the Singapore National Stadium

Substitute Hadin Azman popped up with a first-half injury time header as Malaysia fought back to share the honours with Afghanistan at Shah Alam Stadium on Tuesday, for their second draw in four days.

Noarollah Amiri had put the visitors ahead in the 22nd minute before Felda United midfielder Hadin's equaliser.

True to his word of giving every player in his 30-man squad a chance to impress, Malaysia boss Datuk Ong Kim Swee made eight changes from the goalless draw against neighbours Singapore last...

 By Nicolas Anil

Malaysia hopefuls hope to earn AFF spots in Afghanistan clash

Malaysia's Datuk Ong Kim Swee has thrown down the gauntlet to his players to impress in a final shop window opportunity in the friendly against Afghanistan on Tuesday night at Shah Alam Stadium.

Speaking at the pre-match conference at FAM headquarters on Monday, Ong indicated the game could be a last chance saloon for his players to earn selection for the AFF Suzuki Cup in November.

"I will try to give all my players a chance, and (Tuesday) could be a final period to prove what they're made of,"...