Press Releases ● Jan 23, 2017

Singapore Drawn With Bahrain, Turkmenistan And Chinese Taipei In Afc Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers Final Round





SINGAPORE, 23 JANUARY 2017: Singapore will take on Bahrain, Turkmenistan and Chinese Taipei in Group E in the Final Round of the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup Qualifiers. The Lions will begin the bid to qualify for the tournament on 28 March against Bahrain.


Said caretaker coach V. Sundram Moorthy, who attended the draw in Abu Dhabi: “We have been drawn against good teams in our group. At this stage, we are aware that there are no easy games and we will prepare ourselves accordingly. We are looking forward to the first match on 28 March, and will try our best to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.”


The National Team progressed to this final round of qualifiers by finishing third in the previous round – behind Japan and Syria – despite some solid performances in the 0-0 draw against Japan at the Saitama Stadium, and a battling performance which ended in an unfortunate 0-1 loss away to Syria.


There are a total of 24 teams participating in this third and final round of qualifiers, divided into six groups of four teams. The top two teams of each group will qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, where they will join the 12 teams which have already qualified from the second round.


Please see below for the Singapore’s Group E fixtures.


2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Final Round – Group E


  • Bahrain
  • Turkmenistan
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Singapore


28 March 2017: Bahrain vs Singapore


13 June 2017: Singapore vs Chinese Taipei


5 September 2017: Singapore vs Turkmenistan


10 October 2017: Turkmenistan vs Singapore


14 November 2017: Singapore vs Bahrain


27 March 2018: Chinese Taipei vs Singapore