News Singapore Premier League • January 8, 2022

Lion City Sailors sign Anu and Izwan Mahbud

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Anumanthan and Izwan Mahbud (Photos: Lion City Sailors)

 

SINGAPORE, 8 JANUARY 2022 – M Anumanthan and Izwan Mahbud have been unveiled as the Lion City Sailors’ latest signings for the 2022 AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) season.

 

The pair of Singapore internationals, whose arrivals were confirmed earlier this morning, become the champions’ first local transfers for the upcoming campaign. The moves follow on the heels of South Korean international star Kim Shin-wook, whose signing was announced in November.

 

Anu, 27, returns to Singapore after spending the 2021 season with Malaysia Super League side Kedah FC and has signed a three-year contract. The combative midfielder, who has 24 international caps, came through the National Football Academy before starting his professional career with the Young Lions in 2012. Two spells at Hougang United (2016 to 2017 and 2019 to 2020) sandwiched a stint at Home United, where he helped them to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup ASEAN Zonal title in 2018.

 

 

Goalkeeper Izwan, who moves from Hougang and has penned a two-year deal, will compete with fellow Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny for the number one spot. The 31-year-old, capped 54 times, has played for the Young Lions, LionsXII, Tampines Rovers, Nongbua Pitchaya, Trat FC and Samut Prakan previously.

 

 

Anu said in a club statement: “I’ve played with several of the players here, either at club level or in the national team, and I’m certain we’ll get comfortable quickly, and play attractive football to entertain fans and achieve results, like the club managed last year.” Izwan added: ““I’m relishing the challenge for the no.1 spot with Hassan, I’m certain we will drive each other as hard as we do when we’re on duty with the national team.”

 

Both players have reinforced the Sailors ahead of their maiden AFC Champions League campaign in 2022 and more arrivals are expected ahead of the new season.

 

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