National Team - Lions ● Nov 13, 2017

Hassan: We Will Do Our Best for Our Fans


Hassan: We Will Do Our Best for Our Fans

Singapore number one Hassan Sunny has called on the Lions to give the fans something to cheer about, ahead of their final international fixture of the year.

Despite encouraging results like the 0-0 draw with Bahrain earlier in the year, Singapore have not been able to claim a win in 2017 after playing against quality opponents like Argentina, Qatar and Lebanon.

With Singapore due to take on Bahrain at the National Stadium on Tuesday in an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup Group E qualifier, Hassan hopes that the Lions can finally get a good result which will also keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup.

 “As you know, we have not had a good year, we have not been winning matches. We have been playing strong and good opponents, but we have not won a match,” the custodian said.

‚”We want to end the year with a win, it’s our last international game of the year, we will try our best to get a win.

‚”We must at least make the fans happy, the fans have not been very happy lately and we cannot ignore them. They are very important to us; off the field, we need their support, so we will do our best.”

The game against Bahrain will not be an easy affair, with the visitors also in need of a win to secure their place in the premier tournament.

Bahrain will be expected to pile the pressure on the Lions right from the start and Hassan, whom Lebanon coach Miodrag Radulovic singled out for his excellent performance in last Thursday’s international friendly, is expected to play a key role for Singapore.

But Hassan asserted that a team effort will be needed for the Lions to spring a surprise on their foes.

“It’s a team game, it’s a team sport, my position is as important as the one upfront,” Hassan said. “If we start defending from the top, it will be easier on the backline.”

National Team coach V. Sundram Moorthy agreed with his custodian, but he added he was confident the team would give a good account of themselves.

“Bahrain will definitely come at us because they need a win, so it will be a good test for the team to see how we fare against a team like them.

“Obviously we will go out there to win and hope the team performs well.

“The boys are working very hard, and on the day if we can perform well, we could surprise Bahrain.

“We will be organised, we will definitely be tactically prepared for the game.”

Singapore’s penultimate AFC Asian Cup Group E qualifier against Bahrain at the National Stadium will kick off at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14 November. Tickets are available online at, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium box office and SingPost outlets islandwide.