Following Singapore’s unforgettable 0-0 draw at Japan on Tuesday night, goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud was praised as a hero for making multiple key saves over 90 minutes at Saitama Stadium, silencing the sold-out crowd and frustrating Samurai Blue stars such as Milan attacker Keisuke Honda.
When the 24-year-old skippered the LionsXII to an unexpected Malaysian FA Cup triumph last month, Izwan is said to be a target of big spenders Johor Darul Takzim, who already have Hariss and fellow Singapore players Baihakki Khaizan and Shahril Ishak on their books for their two sides.
However, following the miracle in Saitama, he now holds out hope of testing himself on a bigger stage further ashore.
“If a club from Japan or Australia comes calling, I would be stupid not to consider it as I’m still young,” said Izwan.
“For now, I have to keep playing well for the LionsXII and not get complacent.
“And I hope there’re no more nightmares before big games.”