Team Singapore footballers in action during training session (Photo by Sport Singapore)
Expect the Lions to go for the jugular right from the start in their must-win match against Palestine tomorrow at the Ansan Wa Stadium.
The Lions are currently third in the table with one point from two matches, and they must conjure a victory over the Group C leaders to stand a chance of qualifying for the next round. The Lions will be going into the match as underdogs – they are the lowest ranked team in the group – but having masterminded a remarkable comeback against Oman during their 3-3 draw on Wednesday, coach Aide Iskandar said that his side will be out to control the game.
“We need to make the first move,” Aide said. “The boys know that and we have been practising our attacking plays and set pieces. We just need to be absolutely focused and leave no room for errors.”
Association of Singapore President Zainudin Nordin addresses the Singapore football team after a training session (Photo by Sport Singapore)
While the high-scoring draw against Oman provided an indication of the Singapore team's lack of focus at times, the result nevertheless provided a boost in morale that Aide, who was a former national skipper, believes can be vital for tomorrow's match.
He said: “Morale is good. I mean, coming back against a quality side and showing that fantastic spirit really lifted the team. We need to learn not to lose possession in our half because that was what punished us.”
Aide also acknowledged the task at hand, praising the opposition for their skill and ingenuity in the middle of the park.
“Palestine is a quality team, and based on my analysis, their biggest threat would be their wingers and playmakers,” he said.
“That being said, we have a game plan and the boys have gone through what needs to be done tomorrow. We are ready.”