National Team - Lions ● Mar 25, 2024

Preview: FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027 Qualifiers – China PR vs Singapore (26 March 2024)


Head Coach Tsutomu Ogura and Faris Ramli at the pre-match press conference in Tianjin earlier today, 25 March 2024. 



TIANJIN, 25 MARCH 2024 – The Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium is set to witness a tantalising clash as Singapore squares off against China PR in a high-stakes encounter on 26 March 2024, with kick-off slated for 8 PM local time.



Under the stewardship of Head Coach Tsutomu Ogura, the Lions are bracing themselves for an intense battle on foreign soil. Despite the chilly temperatures, which stand in stark contrast to the balmy climate of their homeland, Singapore will look to remain resolute in its quest to match the Dragon Team for a second time in two weeks.





In a thrilling encounter last Thursday at the Singapore National Stadium, Singapore showcased its resilience by staging a remarkable comeback to secure a 2-2 draw against China PR. Goals by Faris Ramli and Jacob Mahler salvaged a point for the Lions after Chinese striker Wu Lei had propelled his side to a two-goal lead by halftime.



However, Singapore will face the challenge without the services of Safuwan Baharudin and Lionel Tan, both suspended, along with the injured midfielder Anu. In their absence, Ogura has turned to the likes of Irfan Najeeb and youngster Kieran Teo to bolster the squad.




Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Ogura acknowledged the cooler climate but expressed confidence in his team’s ability to adapt. With the Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium expected to be filled to its 55,000 capacity, the atmosphere will be electric as the home fans clamour for nothing short of victory.



The stakes are raised even higher following Thailand’s resilient performance against South Korea, holding the former to a 1-1 draw last week. Both Thailand and China sit level on four points each in Group C, with the former leading on goal difference. Head Coach Branko Ivankovic will undoubtedly have his Chinese squad fired up for the showdown, while Singapore will be looking to make a significant dent in their opponent’s hopes of progressing to the next round, as the players look to build on their promising start under Ogura’s watch.




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