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 By Gabriel Tan

Shawal Anuar scores first Singapore goal in friendly loss to Afghanistan

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ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard looks ahead to Singapore's Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain in Group E.

Shawal Anuar scored his first international goal but it was not enough to prevent Singapore from falling to a 2-1 friendly defeat to Afghanistan in Doha on Thursday night.

After Sharif Mukhammad had handed Afghanistan a fifth-minute lead at the Al Sailiya Sports Complex, Shawal got the Lions back in the contest with a clinical strike immediately after the restart.

But Mustafa Azadzoy capitalised on some sloppy defensive play to help the Afghans score the winner in the 57th minute.

In what was...

 By Jason Dasey

Is Malaysia coach Ong Kim Swee dead man walking with TMJ new president?

Jason Dasey chats with Malaysia's Ong Kim Swee about his side's draw against the Philippines and his future as head coach.
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts ask if Malaysia were right to request a neutral venue for their fixture with North Korea.

Today, they're the national coaches of Singapore and Malaysia, but two decades ago, V. Sundramoorthy and Datuk Ong Kim Swee were fierce rivals on the field. Sundramoorthy earned the nickname "The Dazzler" for his flashy dribbling, while defensive-minded Ong did his best to cut him down in his tracks.

"Sundram was very skilful, very nippy and very tricky," Ong told ESPN FC of his days suiting up for Sarawak and Sabah against Sundram's Singapore and Kelantan in the mid-1990s. "It wasn't easy to play...

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Shahril Ishak and Hafiz Sujad out of Singapore's Asian Cup qualifier

Dez Corkhill and John Wilkinson preview Singapore's upcoming matches against Afghanistan and Bahrain.

Singapore have suffered a double blow ahead of their third-round Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain with the withdrawal of captain Shahril Ishak and winger Hafiz Abu Sujad.

The Lions' squad flew out to the Middle East on Monday without the pair. The Singaporeans will face Afghanistan in a friendly on Thursday before their meeting with the Bahrainis in Riffa on March 28.

Shahril has a foot injury, suffered in Warriors FC's 1-1 draw against Geylang International on March 10. Hafiz has a knee problem...