Sulaiman injury inspires team

Singapore midfielder Zulfahmi Arifin has revealed that the team will try and win the AFF Suzuki cup for injured midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman.

Sulaiman fractured his leg and dislocated his ankle after crashing into Khairul Amri during the Burma match earlier in the tournament. The midfielder has already had an operation, however, he will not be playing again for an expected six months.

Zulfahmi said: "All of us want to win it for Shahdan. We are still affected by the incident and our team is quite down to see him in this state because he's one of our better players.

"He's done a lot for us and was unlucky to get a bad injury. As footballers, serious injuries are one of the worst things that can happen to us. So we'll need to win for him."

Zulfahmi also revealed that while the team only needs a draw to progress to the semi-finals, they will be playing for the win. 

He said: "I think it's better for us to go for the win. We won't care about the other result [between Thailand and Myanmar], and we definitely will not play for a draw.

"The clash against Malaysia will be one of our most important games in the tournament as they're our rivals. We shouldn't think that way but it's only natural as the rivalry is always there. For us, we should just treat this game as any other game and try to play the way we did against Myanmar in the first-half."