The uncapped defender received his first call-up to the squad.
After being called up to the Singapore squad for the first time Zulfadli Zainal Abidin insists he isn’t prepared to let the opportunity slip through his fingers.
The uncapped Warriors FC defender has been summoned by national coach Bernd Stange following injuries to Shaiful Esah and Shakir Hamzah meaning the 25-year-old could make his international debut in the Asian Cup qualifier against Oman on Wednesday.
Zulfadli admits pulling on the Lions jersey will fulfil a lifetime ambition and it’s a chance he isn’t prepared to waste.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time, after all it’s every footballer’s dream to play for the national team,” he told the Football Association of Singapore official website.
“My club may not be doing as well as expected, but I prefer to let my feet do the talking. I will definitely not let this opportunity go away just like this.”
With his club side struggling in the S.League this season Zulfadli acknowledged that he was shocked to be selected by Stange.
“I got to know that I was called up the day after my club played Home United,” he recalled.
“Coach Bernd was watching the game and he went to my club coach Alex Weaver after the game to inform him of the news. When Alex told me, of course I was really excited.”