Singapore Football

Debutants who shone

The mention of Papua New Guinea will always carry special significance to five Singapore players. Two made their national debut in the first 11 - fullbacks Fadli Kamis and Al-Qaasimy Rahman. And three others - S Suria Prakash, Amirul Adli, and Shameer Aziq - all earned their first national cap when they came on in the second half. Here's how TNP rates the debutants:

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  • AL-QAASIMY RAHMAN
  • Age: 22
  • Position: Left back.

The Courts Young Lions captain is perhaps the most experienced among the five, having been part of previous Singapore squads in the past.

Though playing on the unfamiliar left side, Al-Qaasimy put in a decent, hard-tackling shift. Likely to be a first-team right back in the future.

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  • FADLI KAMIS
  • Age: 22
  • Position: Right back

Kept his opponent quiet on the left wing and didn't make too many mistakes.

Might not make the Suzuki Cup team, but looks a reliable defender for the South-east Asia (SEA) Games squad next year.

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  • S SURIA PRAKASH
  • Age: 21
  • Position: Winger

Wowed the crowd with his blistering pace down the flanks but, aside from one cross, failed to make his time on the ball count.

A name to look out for.

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  • AMIRUL ADLI
  • Age: 18
  • Position: Centre back

Came on for the off-colour Afiq Yunos at the break, and looked steady at the back beside Baihakki Khaizan.

Could have been more decisive and prevented the PNG goal.

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  • SHAMEER AZIQ
  • Age: 18
  • Position: Winger

The stocky midfielder was given just two minutes to make his mark when he came on for Fazrul Nawaz in injury time.

Still, it was enough time for him to beat a defender near the byeline and attempt a cross into the box. Unfortunately, it was cleared easily.