SINGAPORE – His languid style can frustrate. He glides rather than runs full throttle with legs pumping like pistons. His art cannot be rushed.
But in the crucible that is the National Stadium, the occasion that is a big football tournament, with qualification at stake, there is no such luxury of time for Lions playmaker Zulfahmi Arifin.
With Shahdan Sulaiman out for the rest of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup with a leg fracture, the LionsXII midfielder is likely to start in the Group B finale against Malaysia.
A draw will be enough for the Lions, but the Tigers need a win to qualify for the semi-finals. All that makes for an intense clash between the rivals tomorrow.
“I have been compared to Shahdan. We both have the same style, we are not aggressive. This needs to change,” Zulfahmi told The Straits Times. “It’s hard because I’m an attacking player. But I’m working on my defensive side. If selected (against Malaysia), I cannot ignore my defensive duties.” – The Straits Times Singapore