The eleventh edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup will take place in Myanmar and the Philippines between the 19th of November and the 17th of December and here we take a look at five players who will be sure to give opposing defenders and goalkeepers nightmares during that period.
The AFF Championship is the football championship of nations affiliated to the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) and has been a wonderful platform for a number of extremely talented players to either launch there international careers from or showcase their abilities to a wider audience.
In the build-up to this prestigious tournament we will be publishing a series of stories that highlight who you should keep an eye out for.
Here we take a look at some of the most dangerous goal scorers that will be on display in Myanmar and the Philippines.
Younghusband is the Philippines’ star man. He is the country’s all time top-scorer with 42 goals from just 80 appearances.
Furthermore, he is also their most capped player as well as their captain. And although he is likely to be deployed in a deeper role in this tournament, he still poses a goal threat.
He spent his youth career at Chelsea where the art of finishing was drummed into him and he has certainly made the most of that privileged upbringing.
He is ruthless in front of goal and always seems to have more time than other players when deciding how best to beat the goalkeeper. Younghusband will need to be at the core of the Azkals’ effort if they are to challenge for the trophy.
At 28 years of age and with 32 goals from 77 appearances, Dangda needs to go some to surpass the legendary Piyapong Pue-on as Thailand’s leading scorer of all time. Pue-on found the back of the net 77 times in his international career.
However, irrespective of whether he gets there or not, Dangda has certainly left his mark on Thai football already and will to continue to do so as his country attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and also win the Suzuki Cup.
Dangda will be buzzing after bagging a brace against Australia in this week’s World Cup qualifier, so opposing teams at the Suzuki Cup will need to keep close tabs on him if they want to prevent him from scoring.
He is a slippery customer. Often marked out of the game at the top end of the field because of his esteemed reputation, Dangda is more than happy to drop deeper and create chances for others.
If he doesn’t score and one of his teammates do, it is usually a pretty safe bet to assume that he was involved in the build-up play.
Khairul Amri (Singapore)
While still quick by normal standards, Amri does not have the blistering pace that once was his primary weapon. But what he has lost in speed he has certainly gained in know-how.
Now a smart footballer with breath-taking close control, a powerful shot and wonderful appreciation of the spaces one needs to operate in to get shots away, Amri still has plenty to offer Singapore.
He will almost certainly add to his current tally of 31 goals for The Lions at the Suzuki Cup.
It is believed by many Malaysian football fans that Yahyah is so good he was named twice. The 35-year-old veteran has played 61 times for Harimau Malaysia, bagging 12 goals in that time.
As a consequence of his immense versatility, Yahyah has fulfilled a number of different roles for the national team.
When goal scoring has been his focus he has flourished. However, all too often he has needed to take on more responsibility and so has played in a less advanced role.
Strong, busy and possessing oodles of trickery and skill, Yahyah has that rare ability to make something out of nothing.
If Malaysia play him upfront, then Yahyah will score.