National Team - Lions ● Jun 10, 2024

Media Statement: Gavin Lee assumes matchday duties for Singapore’s final World Cup qualifier against Thailand



Head Coach Tsutomu Ogura has been tested positive for COVID-19. 


BANGKOK, 10 JUNE 2024 – Singapore National Men’s A Team Assistant Coach Gavin Lee will take over coaching duties in place of Head Coach Tsutomu Ogura who is unwell after testing positive for COVID-19. Lee will undertake all relevant responsibilities beginning from this evening as Singapore prepares for its final World Cup Qualifier against Thailand at the Rajamangala National Stadium tomorrow.


Lee, also the head coach for Singapore Premier League’s BG Tampines Rovers, has been appointed by Coach Ogura to step in for this vital match. He has been an integral part of the national team’s coaching staff, assisting Coach Ogura in previous matches against China and the Korea Republic together with fellow Assistant Coach, Kosei Nakamura.


Assistant coach Gavin Lee, who is also the head coach of SPL club BG Tampines Rovers, has been appointed by Coach Ogura to step in as the Lions’ coach for tomorrow’s match against Thailand. 


As of 4pm (Bangkok time) this afternoon, Ogura along with one other member of the backroom staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and have since isolated themselves from the rest of the squad. The National Team doctor is currently monitoring the rest of the backroom staff as well as the players as a precaution.


The Football Association of Singapore extends well wishes to Coach Ogura and his fellow backroom staff member for a speedy recovery and expresses confidence in Coach Gavin Lee as he guides the Lions in their quest for victory against Thailand.