Singapore Football

Aide's pivotal five

Much of S'pore's hopes will depend on this quintet

SHAHFIQ GHANI (PLAYMAKER)

A stylish midfielder with a sweet left foot, Shahfiq hasn't been in his best form all year - though he did come alive during the Asian Games.

"The brain" of the U-23 outfit, Shahfiq will orchestrate the attack for Aide's team.

SAHIL SUHAIMI (Striker)

If he replicates his form at the 2013 SEA Games, where he scored three goals, Singapore will be in good stead.

Skilful, quick and clinical in front of goal, Sahil is the team's main goal-scoring threat and arguably their best player.

FARIS RAMLI (Winger)

The final part of the attacking triumvirate, the tricky Faris will provide the flair and creativity from either flank.

Great to watch when he's on form, but he must improve on his decision-making and finishing.

SHAKIR HAMZAH (Defender)

The leader in defence. Often used as a left back for both the national team and the LionsXII, the tough-tackling Shakir will be deployed as a centre back for the U-23 side. One of the main candidates for the team captaincy.

M ANUMANTHAN (Midfielder)

Has all the attributes to be the best defensive midfielder in Singapore after Hariss Harun, according to coach Aide Iskandar.

Physically strong, but will have to improve his concentration level.