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 By Kelvin Leong

Safuwan inspired by Amri feat as Singapore prepare for Syria in WCQ

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Alistair Edwards preview AFC World Cup qualifying action involving Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

Having collected his 50th international cap last week, Safuwan Baharudin now wants to emulate teammate Khairul Amri by notching up 100 appearances as Singapore prepare for Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Syria in Oman.

The inspirational midfielder, who has a bulging trophy cabinet that includes winners' medals from the AFF Suzuki Cup, Malaysia Super League and Malaysia FA Cup, reached the half century mark in the 4-0 loss away to Qatar on Friday night.

Going into Singapore's third game in...

Stange confident Singapore can upset Syria in AFC World Cup qualifier

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Alistair Edwards preview AFC World Cup qualifying action involving Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

Coach Bernd Stange has vowed to go for the win when Singapore take on Syria in their AFC World Cup qualifier in Oman on Thursday night.

The Lions are top of Group E on four points after a 4-0 victory over Cambodia and 0-0 draw with Japan in June's qualifiers. They know that if they avoid defeat in the city of Muscat they will stay top of the standings.

Despite having to endure a third straight away match, Stange believes that his side can keep their unbeaten run going.

Stange said: "We had a brilliant...

Japan FA backs Vahid Halilhodzic after slow start in World Cup qualifiers

Vahid Halilhodzic's tenure as Japan boss has begun with three draws and a loss.

Despite a disappointing start to his tenure as Japan coach, Vahid Halilhodzic has been told by the Japan football association that his job is not under threat ahead of Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Cambodia.

The Bosnian's first competitive match in charge of the Japan resulted in a disappointing goalless draw at home to Singapore in June and was followed by a last-place finish in the four-nation East Asian Cup in August. Japan's display with just two points from three games against bitter...

Izwan brushes aside superb Japanese WCQ performance to focus on Syria

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Alistair Edwards preview AFC World Cup qualifying action involving Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

Refusing to dwell on his heroics against Japan, Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud has urged his teammates to focus on Thursday's AFC World Cup qualifier against Syria.

The Lions are top of Group E after beating Cambodia 4-0 in their opener before Izwan's 18 saves in Saitama helped them earn a point in a goalless draw against Japan.

With four points in the bag, the Southeast Asian giants will take on Syria on neutral ground in Muscat, Oman, knowing that a positive result will keep them top of the...