The 29th Southeast (SEA) Asian Games men's football tournament kicks off on Monday, with 11 nations vying for the gold medal.
With Thailand defending champions, and Vietnam plus host nation Malaysia considered their strongest challengers, here are five players to watch over the next two weeks:
Ikhsan Fandi (Singapore, forward)
Being born into the biggest sporting family in Singapore comes with big responsibilities, but young Ikhsan Fandi seems to be taking it all in his stride. The second son to...
After being knocked out of the AFC Cup, Home United will turn their attentions to the Singapore Cup when they take on Brunei DPMM in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie at Jalan Besar Stadium on Sunday night.
The Protectors suffered a disappointing 2-0 midweek defeat in Bacolod City to lose the AFC Cup ASEAN zonal final 3-2 on aggregate to Ceres-Negros, leaving the S.League and the Singapore Cup as the only trophies they can win this season.
The result also meant Aidil Sharin's side have...
Malaysia widened their lead over Singapore to five places after the release of the latest FIFA rankings.
Despite both nations losing their most recent Asian Cup qualifiers, Malaysia rose one spot to 166th, as Singapore fell two to a worst-ever 171st.
Singapore's current position is 51 spots below their average of 120th since the FIFA rankings began in 1993.
Their best ranking in the last decade came in 2009 when the Lions were 110th in the world.
While Malaysia's 166th is comfortably better than...
Singapore's Home United failed in their bid to become AFC Cup ASEAN champions after a 2-0 defeat to Philippines outfit Ceres-Negros at Panaad Park and Stadium on Wednesday night saw them lose 3-2 on aggregate.
Ceres, who had knocked out Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta'zim at the previous stage, stamped their authority as they extended their unbeaten home record to 19 matches with a commanding display.
An early goal from OJ Porteria and a brilliant Manuel Ott free kick settled the issue for Risto Vidakovic's...