Of the ten nations that started the 2020 AFF Suzuki Cup we’re down to the last four as the semi-finals kick off on Wednesday.

It’s a stage where key performers will be expected to shine and perhaps some lesser known talents could make a name for themselves under the bright lights.

Here then are four players who could sway their nations’ fortunes heading into the decisive phase of the tournament.

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Elkan Baggott (Indonesia)


The towering central defender has already proven to be a genuine X-factor for Indonesia and he’s surely pushing for a starting berth in the knockout stages.

A late arrival in Singapore saw him feature off the bench on Matchday Three against Laos where he caught the eye before another impressive cameo on the final day of group action as he scored the decisive fourth goal and proved to be a massive handful at both ends of the pitch. 

Nguyen Tuan Anh (Vietnam)


Whilst Nguyen Hoang Duc has been the only central midfielder to have started all four of Vietnam’s matches it’s Tuan Anh that combines elements of both strength and silk that the other options for a starting role don’t quite possess.

Physical enough to operate in a shielding defensive role, it’s his class on the ball that sets him apart with an eye for defence-splitting moments that’s seen him pick up two assists and play six key passes in the two matches that he’s started.


Nur Adam Abdullah (Singapore)


With the dependable Shakir Hamzah being forced off with a tournament ending injury in Singapore’s final group match a huge hole has opened up at leftback, a role that Nur Adam Abdullah will likely be tasked with filling.

The 20-year-old was named the Young Player of the Year in the recently completed Singapore Premier League and with a natural attacking flair from his deeper station he could be a key weapon for Tatsuma Yoshida’s side. 

Chanathip Songkrasin (Thailand)


Thailand’s key playmaker has – by his lofty standards – been relatively quiet so far.

A late arrival and then rotation saw him sit out the first and the last of the War Elephants four group stage matches but you get a sense he’s primed to explode as the pointy end of the competition arrives.