National Team - Lionesses ● Oct 14, 2022
Stephen Ng steps down as Singapore Women’s National Team Head Coach
Stephen Ng, 11 April 2022
SINGAPORE, 14 OCTOBER 2022 – The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) today announced that by mutual agreement, Stephen Ng will step down from his role as Singapore Women’s National Team Head Coach with effect 31 October 2022.
FAS General Secretary Yazeen Buhari said: “We thank Stephen for his efforts in leading the Lionesses since he took on the role in March last year and we wish Stephen the best in his future endeavours. The FAS took a decisive step some four years ago towards investing strategically in the women’s game, and we are glad Stephen played a significant role in shaping the Lionesses to this stage. The FAS has begun its search for a new coach and details will be made known in due course.”
Ng was pensive as he reflected on his tenure with the team: “It has been a great 18 months in, what I feel and the public has witnessed, was a progressive tenure from the way the team has developed over time. These players have the potential to go even further, and I wish the new coach all the very best to continue to raise the level of women football in Singapore.”
Ng was first appointed on 7 March 2021 as his first appointment back in the local scene after spending a total of six years at the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam. Ng led the Lionesses through the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers, the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship and the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games before leading the team out for the last time on Monday against the Indonesians in an international friendly at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Former international Ratna Suffian, who served as Ng’s assistant, will lead the Lionesses as their interim coach. The Lionesses will play their next competitive fixtures during the Olympic Qualifiers in April 2023.
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