Hassan ready to stop dangerous Teerasil
By John Duerden (@JohnnyDuerden)
Hassan Sunny is ready to stop Thailand's red-hot striker Teerasil Dangda and believes a little local knowledge can go a long way as Singapore take on the defending champions in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup on Tuesday.
The Singapore shotstopper plays his club football for Army United in the Thailand Premier League and comes up against the Muangthong United marksman on a regular basis.
Tuesday's clash at the Philippines Sports Stadium is a big occasion. Singapore picked up a valuable point with a goalless draw against the Philippines on the opening day on Saturday while Thailand defeat Indonesia 4-2.
That was thanks to a Teerasil hat-trick that added to the two goals he scored against Australia in a FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier in Bangkok four days earlier.
If the Lions are to defeat the defending champions, stopping the 28 year-old is crucial.
“Teerasil is in great form and is a top-class striker,” said Hassan. “I know his capabilities as I have played against him many times, I know the way he plays and that can help in the game.”
Despite that, the 32 year-old has called on his colleagues to put in the kind of display that made it so hard for the Philippines.
“The team can't depend just on me,” Hassan added. “We have to defend together as we did against the Philippines. The strikers defended from the front and we had a great performance. That gives us a great foundation.”
Hassan, who joined Army United in January 2015, also has plenty of inside knowledge about the fully-domestic based Thai squad.
“It is an advantage and I can tell my team-mates about Thailand. We know it will be a tough game but we have to concentrate and be alert to their runs.”