Singapore Premier League • February 10, 2020

SPL 2020 Club Guide: Young Lions


SINGAPORE, 10 FEBRUARY 2020 – Ahead of the 2020 AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) season, we take a look at each of the nine clubs that are participating in the 25th season of the domestic top flight. Today’s focus is on the Young Lions!


Seasons: 18
Nickname: None
Stadium: Jurong West Stadium
Highest finish: 3rd (2004, 2006)
2019 finish: 7th
Head coach: Nazri Nasir (1st season)
Captain: Jacob Mahler


More than half of the Young Lions team for this season will be new faces, with only 10 players having been retained. Singapore international Jacob Mahler will lead a side with an average age of around 19 years, under the charge of new head coach Nazri Nasir. Ilhan Fandi, the third son of legend Fandi Ahmad, will be expected to shoulder much of the attacking burden, while Marc Ryan Tan will be keen to make up for lost time after missing last season due to injury. Newcomers Ryhan Stewart and Danish Irfan, who have relatively more SPL experience under their belts, will look to guide their team-mates. Goalkeeper Karan Sobti and forward Khairin Nadim, who only turn 16 later this year, could make history if they are handed debuts during the season.Squad
Goalkeepers: Nurshafiq Zaini, Ridhwan Fikri, Karan Sobti
Defenders: Akmal Azman, Akram Azman, Scott Crichton, Danish Irfan, Sahffee Jubpre, Qayyum Raishyan, Syed Akmal, Asraf Zahid
Midfielders: Harhys Stewart, Ilhan Fandi, Jacob Mahler, Nur Adam Abdullah, Rezza Rezky, Ryhan Stewart, Nor Hakim Redzuan, Marc Ryan Tan
Forwards: Abdul Rasaq, Khairin Nadim, Fikri Junaidi, Shahrulnizam Mazlan, Shahib Masnawi


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