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Player development is the overarching philosophy behind the Courts Young Lions but, even with that mantra in mind, the 2015 Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League season will be a distinctly different one for the team.
The South-east Asia (SEA) Games, to be hosted by Singapore in June - and not results in the league - will be the sole target of Aide Iskandar's side that are effectively the national Under-23 team.
"What's important, is the SEA Games. We must be tactful, we don't want to be going for results (in the league), and end up fatigued during the SEA Games - that's crucial," Aide told The New Paper, on the sidelines of the launch of the Young Lions' 2015 S.League season yesterday.
The football competition at the SEA Games is an Under-23 affair, and the team are gunning to win Singapore's first-ever gold medal in the sport.
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His last start for the LionsXII came two seasons ago, when they fell 2-0 to Kelantan in the last Malaysian Super League game of the season in Kota Baru.
But goalkeeper Khairulhin Khalid was full of confidence at the prospect of starting tonight’s Malaysia FA Cup match against PB Melayu Kedah at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Setar tonight.
The 23-year-old will be stepping in between the posts for an injured Izwan Mahbud against a side that were formed in 2012 and ply their trade in the third-tier FAM League.
Affectionately known as Khai (right), the player said: “I am excited and looking forward to the game. I am confident that I’ll put on a good show.”
“Afiq, Madhu and I played well together in the Maldives during pre-season, and I am sure they will guide me throughout the game,” he added, referring to centre backs Afiq Yunos and Madhu Mohana.
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