2023, FEBRUARY 21 – Former Singapore national football team captain Shahril Ishak has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 39. In his announcement posted on Instagram, Shahril expressed that it was a difficult decision, and he didn’t want this time to come. After 19 years in the game, Shahril felt that it was the right time to end his professional career.

Shahril played for a number of local teams, including the Young Lions, Home United FC, LionsXII, Warriors FC, Lion City Sailors FC and most recently, Hougang United FC, where he won the Singapore Cup last season. He also had successful overseas stints in Malaysia with Johor Darul Ta’zim II and in Indonesia with PERSIB Bandung and Medan Chiefs.

Shahril is the third-most capped Singaporean footballer with 138 international appearances. He was part of three AFF Championship-winning teams in 2004, 2007 and 2012, and his last match for the Lions came in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Championship in 2018 against the Philippines. He was also named the Most Valuable Player when he captained Singapore to the 2012 AFF Championship and picked up the AFF Player of the Year award in 2013.

Shahril is widely regarded as one of Singapore’s greatest footballers, and he has been a key player for the national team over the years. He has won numerous individual awards and helped his teams win major trophies. As he moves on to the next chapter of his life, Shahril expressed his gratitude to his coaches, backroom staff, fans, and teammates for their unwavering support throughout his career.

Shahril’s contributions to Singapore football have been immense, and his impact on the game will be felt for years to come. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours and thank him for the beautiful journey he has taken us all on.


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