FAS ● May 29, 2023

Singapore to play hosts to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands in upcoming June friendlies



Faris Ramli (in red jersey) against Solomon Islands. Singapore has played against Solomon Islands in 2019, beating the Oceanic side 4-3, June 2019. 


SINGAPORE, 29 MAY 2023 – The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced today that the Singapore Men’s National team will face two of Oceania’s top sides, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, in a series of international ‘A’ friendly matches during the upcoming FIFA window in June.


In the Lions’ return to the National Stadium since March 2022, Coach Takayuki Nishigaya’s charges will go up against Papua New Guinea on 15 June in a rematch of the tie that Singapore won by two goals to one back in September 2014. The 134th-ranked Solomon Islands are the next visitors to the Lions’ den on 18 June as the Bonitos seek to regain a measure of revenge against the Lions who defeated them in a thrilling 4-3 match-up in 2019.


Nishigaya is looking forward to having the squad together again for the second international window of the year as he reflected on the importance of the two upcoming matches: “Similar to the last March friendly matches, these two games are vital to further assess players at the international stage, as we continue our preparations for the National Team towards the World Cup Qualifiers in October. In our analysis prior to selecting these teams, we determined both opponents will provide the kind of challenges we would like in order to expose our players to a higher level of physical and aggressive competition. In addition, vital ranking points are also up for grabs and I am sure the boys will be determined to put out their best.


Coach Takayuki Nishigaya with the team at their recent international friendly in Macau, 26 March 2023.


“We will not take both teams lightly because there are no easy games at the international level, and we saw that back during the March friendlies. We will be playing at the National Stadium for the first time since March 2022 and that in itself should be one of the motivating factors for the players to go all out. We want to be a team that the fans and country are proud of, and we have to show that in every match we play.”


Singapore Men’s National Team Fixtures for June 2023

Date Match Competition Venue
15 June 2023, Thursday Singapore vs Papua New Guinea  

International ‘A’ Friendly


National Stadium

18 June 2023, Sunday Singapore vs Solomon Islands



Tickets to the two Singapore National Team friendly matches will go on sale from Thursday, 1 June 2023 at 3pm. Fans who purchase tickets to both matches as a bundle will be able to enjoy discounted prices for both the adult and concession prices. Sale of tickets   will   be   available online from fas.org.sg/tickets and http://sistic.com.sg as well as onsite on match days. Fans are urged to buy their tickets early online to avoid the queues on match day. All matches will kick off at 7.30pm at the National Stadium.


Ticket prices (not including booking fees are as follows).

Date & Time Match Single match Two matches bundle
Adult Concession* Adult Concession*
Thursday, 15 June 2023

7.30 pm

Singapore vs Papua New Guinea $18 $9 $28 $16
Sunday, 18 June 2023

7.30 pm

Singapore vs Solomon Islands


*Concession tickets are applicable to Students aged 16 and below, and Senior Citizens aged 60 and above.




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