LIONSXII squad for 2013 announced

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and its principal sponsor, StarHub unveiled the 2013 LionsXII squad at Jalan Besar Stadium on Sunday.

K. Balagumaran, V. Sundramoorthy

The squad will compete in the Malaysia Super League (MSL), Malaysia Cup and FA Cup.

The new 29-man squad, comprising a mix of youth and experience, looks set to better their 2012 MSL campaign. The new Lions in the squad, Fazrul Nawaz, Iqbal Hussain and Hafiz Sujad are expected to provide fresh inputs to tried and tested members of squad like Hariss Harun, Irwan Shah and Safuwan Baharudin. 

At Sunday's press conference, FAS and its official apparel partner, Nike, unveiled a fresh look for the 2013 season with new kits. Keeping with tradition, the home kit will be red and the away kit, blue. 

The president of FAS, Mr Zainudin Nordin, in his address said: "Rain or shine, the fans have been unselfish in their support for the Lions and FAS. We will go all out to give our best and we hope for the fans continued support. The MSL also offers our young Lions to show what they have to offer and that would be the best showcase for our ongoing youth development programmes. 

"As for the corporate support, we are especially grateful to Starhub, Nike and all our sponsors, for their generous support and the FAS appreciate the support and it looks forward to collaborating with them over a long-term period."

V. Sundramoorthy who will again be the coach of the LIONSXII, promised that his charges will put up a good display. "The LIONSXII squad has been working together as a team and we have remained unbeaten in our pre-season preparations which serve as an excellent opportunity for us to build on for the 2013 season. 

"We are ready for the MSL and we will put up a consistent and good display for our fans from the first game," he said.

LIONSXII will kick off their 2013 season on January 9 with an away match at the Tuanku Abdul Stadium, Negri Sembilan against newly promoted, ATM.

Complete LIONSXII Squad for the 2013 season

Head Coach: V Sundramoorthy

Assistant Coach: K Balagumaran

Goalkeepers: Khairulhin Khalid, Neezam Aziz, Syed Sufiyan, Izwan Mahbud

Defenders: Faritz Hameed, Shakir Hamzah, Ali Hudzaifi, Baihakki Khaizan, Irwan Shah, Safuwan Baharudin, Madhu Mohana, Faris Azienuddin

Midfielders: Shahril Ishak, Hafiz Sujad, Zulfahmi Arifin, Aqhari Abdullah, Nazrul Nazari, Faris Ramli, Gabriel Quak, Izzdin Shafiq, Safirul Sulaiman, Isa Halim, Hariss Harun, Raihan Rahman

Forwards: Iqbal Hussain, Shahfiq Ghani, Syafiq Zainal, Fazrul Nawaz, , Khairul Nizam



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