Adam Swandi picked for Singapore SEA Games squad despite injury

Adam Swandi picked for Singapore SEA Games squad despite injury
From ESPN - August 13, 2017

Home United midfielder Adam Swandi has been included in Singapore's Southeast Asian (SEA) Games squad, despite damaging ankle ligaments during a 2-0 midweek loss to Philippines side Ceres-Negros last Wednesday.

The final 20 names were finalised on Sunday afternoon, a day before Singapore's Group A opener against Myanmar at Selayang Stadium.

Former FC Metz trainee Adam is doubtful to play on Monday, due to the injury he picked up as Home United lost their AFC Cup ASEAN zonal final 3-2 on aggregate.

The average age of the squad is 20.23, and dominated by players from the Garena Young Lions S.League side. There are just five players from other club, namely Hougang United's Lionel Tan, Balestier Khalsa's Hanafi Akbar and the Home United trio of Irfan Fandi, Adam Swandi and Amiruldin Asraf.

Hanafi is likely to take over the role of chief playmaker, with the rejuvenated 22-year-old looking to live up to his early promise after impressing at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) seven years ago.

He is one of the four, along with Illyas Lee, Ammirul Emmran and Muhaimin Suhaimi, from that famed 2010 bronze-medal winning squad to be called up.

Ammirul and fellow midfielder Joshua Pereira make the squad, despite missing large parts of the season due to injury.

However there is no place for the likes of goalkeeper Fashah Iskandar, defenders Faizal Roslan, Dhukhilan Jeevamani, Darren Teh, midfielders Hafiz Sulaiman and forward Zulqarnaen Suzliman. They were all called up for July's AFC under-23 Championship qualifiers in Myanmar.

Head coach Richard Tardy is hoping that they can reach their target of reaching the semifinals. That's despite coming away from their recent Perth training tour with a 4-0 defeat to the Australia U20 side, and a 5-3 loss to a Western Australia state team.


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