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We will have to see more on the Singaporean side ahead in the Sea Games against Qatar and it will be held in the Philippines. Take a look at our Singapore football news preview before the interesting upcoming matchup. Regardless of a terrific 4 – 1 win against Perth Glory’s under-20 at the Jalan Besar on Tuesday in the evening, Singapore U-22 coach Fandi Ahmad accepted that there still lacking work effort and must to improve ahead in the Sea Games. Although four different players successfully netted in their friendly game, he featured his team’s offensive strike as a portion that needs to improve. Ahmad stated after the Sea Games tune-up:
”We are quite happy, but there is still a lot to be done in terms of understanding, especially in the attacking third, because we’re not sure who will lead the attack. We’re trying to focus on our teamwork and going into the attacking third.”
They have been unlucky and plagued with injuries and their players namely, Zikos Chua was out due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, however, the Young Lions would be improving by the existence of Faris Ramli in the side. He is one of the two old players in the team who played by last night’s match with the other team defender Tajeli Salamat which is 25-year-old. As per their coach stated, they are likely the two of them will be on the squad and the 20 players Singapore team will be completed only on Saturday.
Without a well-experienced striker, having Ramli, the attacker was recently awarded as Player of the Year following the momentous season in the Singapore Premier League that has seen him netted 16 goals for Hougang United, it would come convenient as they prepare the squad for a hard group stage in the Sea Games. The Singaporean team has been included within Group B along with the defending champions Thailand squad, 2017 Indonesia was bronze medalist, Vietnam, Laos, and Brunei. Their forward Ikhsan Fandi, who got seven goals coming from its 16 senior appearances would also help and improve the side, however, the Football Association (FA) of Singapore is in the middle of getting the permit from his team, A Norwegian 2nd tier squad Raufoss. Ramli in which players from three previous SEA Games got on the score sheet Tuesday in the evening following the coolly slotting ground penalty and this is the fourth goal. Faris also managed the 1st goal for Haiqal Pashia within the ninth minute following that he was fed a through ball via Salamat. Skipper Irfan and Hami Syahin are the additional scorers in the squad. And for the last stage of preparations, the Singapore U-22’s will be facing against the local squads this weekend. The last time the Singaporean team appeared in the semi-finals of the SEA Games was way back then in 2013 when they completed 3rd after defeating Malaysia with 2 – 1 in a bronze medal competition.