National Team - Lions ● Aug 13, 2022

Singapore to play Vietnam and India in September tri-nation friendlies


Takayuki Nishigaya’s Lions will travel to Vietnam during September’s international window for a friendly series between the three teams


Singapore players, 8 June 2022


SINGAPORE, 13 AUGUST 2022 – The Singapore Men’s National Team are set to play international ‘A’ friendly matches against Vietnam and India during the upcoming FIFA window in September.


Takayuki Nishigaya’s charges will travel to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for the matches against Vietnam and India on 21 and 24 September respectively, which will both take place at Thong Nhat Stadium as part of a triangular tournament.


The Lions, ranked 159th in the world, last faced Vietnam (97th) in June 2016 in the friendly AYA Bank Cup tournament, which ended 0-0 at full-time while their last encounter with India (104th) was a 2-0 friendly victory in October 2012 that saw Khairul Amri and Fazrul Nawaz get on the scoresheet.


Head Coach Nishigaya will use the matches as part of his preparations for the year-end ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 and said: “We are looking forward to the opportunity to play Vietnam and India, teams that are really strong and will give us the opportunity to further test ourselves as we start our preparations for the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup. At the recent Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup 2023 qualification campaign in June, while we did not get the results against Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, the performances from the boys were encouraging and they showed they can adapt to my style. We need to continue playing strong opponents in order to further improve and be better prepared, and hence this upcoming tournament in Ho Chi Minh is timely for us to be part of.“


The finalised traveling squad and other details will be announced closer to the start of the window, which will run from 19 to 27 September.


Singapore Men’s National Team Fixtures for September 2022

Date Match Competition Venue
21 September 2022, Wednesday Vietnam vs Singapore International ‘A’ Friendly Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City
24 September 2022, Saturday Singapore vs India

*Kick-off timings pending confirmation