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Singapore national under-16 football team

The Singapore national youth football team, nicknamed the Cubs, can refer to either of the following teams: the Under-16 team that represented the nation in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games and the Lion City Cup, and the Under-15s, which also took part in the Lion City Cup, and also the AFF U16 Championship. The youth team's honours include bronze for the YOG, second and third places for the Lion City Cup (the former being the U16s and the latter being the U15s). The team is also one of the favourites in Singapore sport as of 2011.

Singapore NFA U15/16s
Nickname(s)The Cubs
The Young Lions
The Schoolboys
AssociationFootball Association of Singapore
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachPhillippe Aw
Home stadiumJalan Besar Stadium (temporarily shared with the senior team)
FIFA codeSIN
First colours
Second colours
First international
Singapore Singapore YOG 3–1 Zimbabwe 
(Singapore; 13 August 2010)
Biggest win
Singapore Singapore U15 (2011) 5–0 Vietnam 
(Vientiane, Laos; 8 July 2011)
 Philippines 0–5 Singapore U15 ('11) Singapore
(Vientiane, Laos; 10 July 2011)
Biggest defeat
Indonesia Indonesia 12–0 Singapore U15 Singapore
(Indonesia; 10 June 2017)
World Cup
Appearances0
AFC U-16 Championship
Appearances2 (first in Singapore 2006)
Best result2006 & 2008 – Group stage
AFF U-16 Youth Championship
Appearances8 (first in Malaysia/Indonesia 2002)
Best result2008 & 2011 – Fourth place
WebsiteFAS

BackgroundEdit

BreakthroughEdit

For many, the 2010 YOG team of Singapore seemed to be one of the best youth sides in recent memory, but they lost the semi-final 2–0 to Haiti youth team, the eventual silver medallists.[1] They beat Montenegro in the third-place playoffs to clinch the bronze medal.

Lion City CupEdit

In 2011, when Singapore revived the Lion City Cup, another team emerged from the shadows – the Under-15 team. The YOG side, though skipper Lightfoot was absent, played under a new coach: Takuma Koga. They grabbed second and third places (U16s – 2nd; U15s – 3rd), beating the youth sides (U15) of Juventus, Everton and Newcastle United.[2]

Jeffrey Lightfoot of the U16s was called up, but he injured himself and was unfortunately ruled out for the whole campaign, leaving Dhukhilan Jeevamani to stand in as captain, and Illyas Lee as vice-captain.

The yearsEdit

Youth Olympics – The Road To Bronze (2010)Edit

2010 marked the breakthrough for the Under-15 team as they went through the Youth Olympic Games, held in their own home, comfortably. They managed to get through the semi-finals before succumbing to a defeat against Haiti,[3] who eventually lost the final and got second. Singapore then beat Montenegro 4–1 to grab third place, bronze.

Group stageEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Singapore 2 2 0 0 6 3 +3 6
  Montenegro 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3
  Zimbabwe 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3 0

Semi-finalsEdit

Bronze Medal matchEdit

 
Fashah Rosedin Iskandar at the Bronze Medal match between Montenegro and the Singapore 2010-generation U15s.

This match involved a lot of controversy, with a few Montenegro players accused of diving. Drawn 1–1, Singapore came back and eventually won the match 4–1.

Lion City Cup: Under-16s journey (2011)Edit

As Under-16s, the ones who wholeheartedly fought for the bronze at the Youth Olympics, a lot was expected from them in the Lion City Cup. Though captain Jeffrey Lightfoot was absent with an injury, they managed to pull through to get first runners-up for the competition under temporary captain Dhukhilan Jeevamani.[4] They also went with new coach Takuma Koga.

Group stage[5]Edit

All attendances are referenced from ->[6]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  CR Flamengo U15 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4
  Singapore U16 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
  Everton U15 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1

Semi finalsEdit

All attendances are referenced from ->[6]
Singapore was first to shoot for penalties.

The semi-final between the youth team and Juventus U15 was an exciting match, with man of the match Hazim Hassan scoring 2 goals in the first half, and Juventus coming back with another 2 in the second. The Singapore team managed to beat Juventus in the penalty shootout.[7]

FinalEdit

Fashah Rosedin, or Fashah Iskandar (whichever you want to call him) was the most outstanding player that night against Flamengo. Sadly, Caio Rangel and his other Samba football fellows proved to be better, bringing the game to penalties where they won.

Lion City Cup: Under-15s journey (2011)Edit

The Under-15 team, led by coach Dejan Gluscevic grabbed third, losing to eventual winners Flamengo U15 in the semi-finals by toppling Juventus U15 4–0 in the third place play-off.

Group stageEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Juventus U15 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 6
  Singapore U15 2 1 0 1 5 5 0 3
  Newcastle U15 2 0 0 2 3 5 −2 0

Their very first group game, up against Newcastle United's U15 batch, arguably one of the most exciting matches of the tournament. Down 3–1, Singapore used just nine minutes to score 3 back, and eventually win 4–3.

Semi-finalsEdit

The Singapore U15s navigated past the group stage, leaving Newcastle U15 behind, and reaching to a clash with competition favourites Flamengo. Eventually, they were outplayed and lost 3–0.

Third-place play-offEdit

This match, along with the Singapore U16 semi-final with the same Italian opponents. The Italians were comprehensively beaten with the Under-15s clinching third place.

The AFF U-16 Championship (2011)Edit

The U15 team, captained by Adam Swandi, took part in the AFF U-16 Championship, and got fourth place.

The team was coached by Dejan Gluscevic, and during their time there, they won 3 matches and lost 3 matches, losing both the semi-finals and the third place play-offs. The Championship also brought out 5 goals from captain and midfielder Adam Swandi, who scored 5 goals, against Vietnam, the Philippines and Myanmar.

Competition recordsEdit

FIFA U-17 World CupEdit

FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Year Round PLD W D* L GS GA
  1985 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  1987 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  1989 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  1991 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  1993 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  1995 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  1997 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  1999 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  2001 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  2003 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  2005 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  2007 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  2009 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  2011 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  2013 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  2015 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  2017 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 0/17 - - - - - -

AFC U-16 ChampionshipEdit

AFC U-16 Championship record Qualifications
Year Round PLD W D* L GS GA PLD W D L GS GA
  1985 Did not qualify - - - - - - 4 0 0 4 0 12
  1986 Did not qualify - - - - - - - - - - - -
  1988 Did not qualify - - - - - - - - - - - -
  1990 Did not qualify - - - - - - - - - - - -
  1992 Did not qualify - - - - - - 3 1 0 2 2 13
  1994 Did not qualify - - - - - - - - - - - -
  1996 Did not qualify - - - - - - - - - - - -
  1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - 3 1 1 1 4 12
  2000 Did not qualify - - - - - - 3 1 0 2 14 12
  2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - 2 0 0 2 0 9
  2004 Did not qualify - - - - - - 2 0 0 2 1 7
  2006 Group stage 3 0 2 1 2 4 - - - - - -
  2008 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 14 4 3 0 1 17 3
  2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - 5 2 1 2 8 12
  2012 Did not qualify - - - - - - 4 1 1 2 10 6
  2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - 4 2 0 2 14 8
  2016 Did not qualify - - - - - - 3 1 0 2 3 9
  2018 Did not qualify - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 2/18 6 0 2 4 3 18 37 12 3 22 73 103

AFF Youth Championship (U-16)Edit

Year Group Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
 /  2002 U17 (2002 gen.) Group stage Eighth 4 1 1 2 11 11
  2005 U17 (2005 gen.) DNP
  2006 U17 (2006 gen.) DNP
  2007 U17 (2007 gen.) Group stage Eighth 3 0 1 2 3 9
  2008 U16 (2008 gen.) Group stage Fourth 4 0 2 2 2 5
  2009 U16 (2009 gen.) Cancelled
  2010 U16 (2010 gen.) DNP
  2011 U16 (2011 gen.) Semi-finals Fourth 6 3 0 3 16 5
  2012 U16 (2012 gen.) DNP
  2013 U16 (2013 gen.) Group stage Sixth 4 1 2 1 6 6
  2014 U16 (2014 gen.) Cancelled
  2015 U16 (2015 gen.) Group stage Sixth 4 1 1 2 7 12
  2016 U16 (2016 gen.) Group stage Eighth 5 1 0 4 6 16
  2017 U15 (2017 gen.) Group stage Tenth 5 0 0 5 0 16
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

U16 Recent ResultsEdit

2013Edit

2013 AFF U-16 Youth Championship

2015Edit

2015 AFF U-16 Youth Championship

2016 AFC U-16 Championship qualification

2016Edit

2016 Jockey Cup

2016 AFF U-16 Youth Championship

2017Edit

2017 Jockey Cup

2017 AFF U-16 Youth Championship

2018 AFC U-16 Championship qualification

2017 U15 International Challenge Cup


2018Edit

JENESYS 2017 Japan-ASEAN U-16 Youth Football Tournament [8]

2018 Jockey Cup

2018 AFF U-16 Youth Championship

2018 U15 International Challenge Cup

2019Edit

2019 AFF U-16 Youth Championship

2020 AFC U-16 Championship qualification

Players and StaffEdit

Current squadEdit

These players are called up for the AFC Under-16 Championship Qualifiers .

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sunny Tia (2004-02-25) February 25, 2004 (age 15)   Home United U15
18 1GK Aizil Yazid   Greenridge Secondary School
22 1GK Veer Karan Sobti   Turf City FC

2 2DF Adam Reefdy   Singapore Sports School
3 2DF Kieran Teo (2004-04-06) April 6, 2004 (age 15)   Home United U15
4 2DF Farid Jafiri (2004-01-05) January 5, 2004 (age 15)   Active SG
5 2DF Aqil Yazid   Singapore Sports School
13 2DF Raoul Suhaimi   Singapore Sports School

6 3MF Dylan Choo (2004-05-04) May 4, 2004 (age 15)   Active SG
7 3MF Danie Hafiy (2004-04-06) April 6, 2004 (age 15)   Active SG
8 3MF Kenji Austin (2004-02-24) February 24, 2004 (age 15) 1   Active SG
11 3MF Ahmad Dzulfaqar (2004-03-19) March 19, 2004 (age 15)   Albirex Niigata (S) U15
12 3MF Ethan Henry Pinto (2004-04-14) April 14, 2004 (age 15) 2   Singapore Sports School
14 3MF Seng Hong Kai (2004-08-10) August 10, 2004 (age 15) 3   Geylang International U15
15 3MF Ryu Hardy Yussri   Singapore Sports School
19 3MF Sufian Saberin (2004-04-04) April 4, 2004 (age 15)   Serangoon Garden Secondary School
23 3MF Ilyasin Zayan   St Patrick’s School
24 3MF Arsyad Basiron (2004-03-10) March 10, 2004 (age 15) 3   Jurongville Secondary School

9 4FW Khairin Nadim Rahim (2004-05-08) May 8, 2004 (age 15) 2   Woodlands Secondary School
10 4FW Amir Syafiz Rashid (2004-06-21) June 21, 2004 (age 15) 1   Singapore Sports School
16 4FW Ali Manaf 1   Meridian Secondary School
17 4FW Nasrul Haji (2004-01-02) January 2, 2004 (age 15) 1   Geylang International U15
20 4FW Irfan Iskandar 1   Singapore Sports School

Recent call-upsEdit

These players are called up for the 2018 AFF U-16 Youth Championship.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Dylan Christopher Goh (2002-03-07) March 7, 2002 (age 17)   FFA U16 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
GK Danial Iliya (2003-02-06) February 6, 2003 (age 16)   FFA U15 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
GK Iman Al Hafis (2002-12-15) December 15, 2002 (age 16)   FFA U16 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018

DF Adam Norkhalis (2004-04-24) April 24, 2004 (age 15)   Jurongville Secondary School v.   Philippines, 4 Aug 2019
DF Xavier Wong   FC Inter Turku U15 v.   Philippines, 4 Aug 2019
DF Rayyan Ramzdan (2004-07-27) July 27, 2004 (age 15)   Jurongville Secondary School v.   Philippines, 4 Aug 2019
DF Junki Kenn Yoshimura   Singapore Sports School v.   Philippines, 4 Aug 2019
DF Aniq Raushan (2003-05-10) May 10, 2003 (age 16)   FFA U15 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
DF Naufal Ilham (2002-08-17) August 17, 2002 (age 17)   FFA U16 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
DF Fathullah Rahmat (2002-09-05) September 5, 2002 (age 17) 1   FFA U16 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
DF Nicky Melvin Singh (2002-06-13) June 13, 2002 (age 17)   FFA U16 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
DF Niq Harraz (2002-06-02) June 2, 2002 (age 17)   FFA U16 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
DF Farhan Zulkaifi (2002-11-10) November 10, 2002 (age 16) 1   FFA U16 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
DF Ryaan Sanizal (2002-05-31) May 31, 2002 (age 17)   FFA U16 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
DF Andrew Aw Yong Rei (2003-03-29) March 29, 2003 (age 16)   FFA U15 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
DF Badrul Amin (2002-02-12) February 12, 2002 (age 17)   FFA U16 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018

MF Afiq Iqbal (2003-04-14) April 14, 2003 (age 16)   FFA U15 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
MF Iman Hakim (2002-03-09) March 9, 2002 (age 17)   FFA U16 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
MF Ong Yu En (2003-10-03) October 3, 2003 (age 15)   FFA U15 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
MF K Dashan (2002-09-08) September 8, 2002 (age 17) 1   FFA U16 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
MF Danish Qayyum (2002-02-02) February 2, 2002 (age 17)   v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
MF Irfan Roslan (2002-04-22) April 22, 2002 (age 17)   FFA U16 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
MF Zakaria Syari (2003-07-31) July 31, 2003 (age 16)   FFA U15 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018

FW Danish Siregar (2003-03-01) March 1, 2003 (age 16)   FFA U15 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
FW Zikos Vasileios Chua (2002-04-15) April 15, 2002 (age 17) 6   Geylang International U19 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
FW Rukaifi Juraimi (2002-04-14) April 14, 2002 (age 17) 2   FFA U16 v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
FW Marc Ryan Tan (2002-01-08) January 8, 2002 (age 17) 0 5   v.   Brunei, 7 Aug 2018
Pos. Name Group Event
DF Chng Ho Meng U16 2010 Summer Youth Olympics
DF Ahmad Ridzuan U16 2010 Summer Youth Olympics
MF Nur Hakiim U16 2010 Summer Youth Olympics

CoachesEdit

Head CoachEdit

  • Singapore U16
    Takuma Koga (2011–present)
  • Singapore U15
    Dejan Gluscevic (2011–present)

Former Head CoachesEdit

  • Singapore U16
    Kadir Yahaya (2010)

Assistant CoachEdit

  • Singapore U16
    Abdullah Noor (2010–)
  • Singapore U15
    Shahrin Shari (2011–)

Player HistoryEdit

CaptainsEdit

Roles:
Captain – The team leader.
Stand-in captain – Stood in when captain was absent (applies only for a standing in for at least 3 games in a row.)
The role of vice-captain does not apply here. Only caps and goals earned during captaincy are considered here.

Under-16sEdit

No. Pos. Name Type Years in captaincy Caps Goals
5 DF Jeffrey Lightfoot Captain 2010–present 4 1
16 DF Dhukhilan Jeevamani Stand-in captain 2011 (stint) 4 0

Under-15sEdit

No. Pos. Name Type Years in captaincy Caps Goals
10 MF Adam Swandi Captain 2011–present 10 6

Coach statisticsEdit

Note: Do note that all results are counted at the end of the final whistle, or a.e.t. if there is extra time. Matches with a penalty shoot-out outcome are still counted as a draw. Win PSO means the number of drawn games won via penalties, and the Win PSO (%) is the percentage of winning via penalties.

Under 16sEdit

Name Reign Games Wins Draws Losses Wins (PSO) Win (%) Win PSO (%)
Kadir Yahaya 2010 4 3 0 1 0 75 0
Takuma Koga 2011– present 4 0 4 0 1 0 50

Under 15sEdit

Name Reign Games Wins Draws Losses Wins (PSO) Win (%) Win PSO (%)
Dejan Gluscveic 2011–present 10 5 0 5 0 50 0

StadiumEdit

The youth team uses the Jalan Besar Stadium, sharing it temporarily with the senior team before the senior team moves to Singapore Sports Hub when it has finished construction.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Boys' Youth Olympic Football Tournament Singapore 2010: Singapore 0:2 (0:1) Haiti – Report. FIFA.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-15.
  2. ^ Lion City Cup. Lion City Cup. Retrieved on 2011-08-15.
  3. ^ Youth Olympic Football: One step too far for Singapore as Haiti steal 2–0 win « Red Sports. Always Game. Redsports.sg. Retrieved on 2011-08-15.
  4. ^ Tan, Jasmond. (2011-06-30) Cubs will get better and better: Jeffrey Lightfoot | Fit to Post Sports – Yahoo! News. Sg.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-15.
  5. ^ Lion City Cup. Lion City Cup. Retrieved on 2011-08-15.
  6. ^ a b Lion City Cup. Lion City Cup. Retrieved on 2011-08-15.
  7. ^ Lion City Cup Football: Singapore U16s beat Juventus in semi-final penalty shootout drama « Red Sports. Always Game. Redsports.sg. Retrieved on 2011-08-15.
  8. ^ "JENESYS 2017 Japan-ASEAN U-16 Youth Football Tournament".