Football Association of Singapore announces retirement of veteran defender from international duty

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The Football Association of Singapore recently announced that Baihakki Khaizan has called an end to his storied international career.

Making his debut back in August 2003 at 19 years old, Baihakki spent years to represent the Lions in the international scene and is regarded as one of their most reliable defenders to ever play for the country.

He has found success representing the nation, winning three AFF Suzuki Cup titles (2004, 2007 and 2012) along the way.

Baihakki was also part of the SEA Games squad that took home the bronze medal in 2007 as part of the U-23 squad where he was the captain.

Scoring five international goals, the video shown by the FAS to honour their player is his injury-time winner in 2012 when they battled Thailand for the title.

Playing in front of their home crowd, the match was 2-1 for Singapore when Baihakki’s score made it 3-1 and gave the Lions the advantage.

As it turned out, that advantage would come in handy as Thailand won the return leg 1-0 but lost on aggregate 3-2.

At club level, the 35-year-old currently plays for Trat Football Club but has had success with Lions XII back in 2013 when they lifted the Malaysian Super League.

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