National Team ● Jul 31, 2018
Four friendlies lined up for Lions in lead up to 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup
SINGAPORE, 31 JULY 2018: The Football Association of Singapore today announced that the Singapore National Team will be playing four International ‘A’ Friendlies in the next two FIFA International windows as part of the preparations leading up to the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup.
The Lions will come together for the first time under Fandi Ahmad, who will lead the team for the AFF Suzuki Cup campaign, and will face Mauritius and Fiji at home in September, before taking on Mongolia at home and Cambodia away in October. As part of the team’s final phase of preparations, the Lions will also go on a training camp overseas in late October, where they will play two more matches.
|7 September 2018
|7.30pm||Singapore vs Mauritius||
|11 September 2018
|7.30pm||Singapore vs Fiji|
|12 October 2018
|7.30pm||Singapore vs Mongolia|
|16 October 2018
|TBC||Cambodia vs Singapore||Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium|
Fandi Ahmad will lead the National Team for their Suzuki Cup campaign, and will be assisted by his assistant coaches S. Subramani and Robin Chitrakar, as well as goalkeeper coach Chua Lye Heng. Former National Team player Noh Alam Shah also joins the backroom setup as a mentor to the players.
Fandi said: “We have already started preparing for the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup with gym work with a small group of available players, and we have scheduled two field sessions in August. The four friendly matches will be an opportunity for me to see how well the players gel together as a team, especially for those who are playing overseas. These matches are also an opportunity for the boys to fight for a place in the final squad.
“I am also fortunate to have a strong backroom staff supporting me in this tournament, including Noh Alam Shah who will be bringing his experience to share with the younger players as a mentor to the players. We are only three months to our opening AFF Suzuki Cup match against Indonesia and we look forward to seeing our Singapore fans join us on this journey, starting from our first friendly match against Mauritius in September.”
National Team captain Hariss Harun said: “We are excited to be gearing up for the AFF Suzuki Cup with these four friendly matches. With so many of us plying our trade overseas this year, these friendlies are important for us to come together and share what we have picked up this past season. I’m looking forward to getting together with the boys again and we will be working hard to prepare ourselves to show our fans and Singapore good results both in the friendlies and the AFF Suzuki Cup.”
Ticketing details for the friendlies in September will be announced next week.