Lions Relish Top Quality Opponents

Oman game hasn’t dampened their spirit

Even after the defeat to Oman Singapore’s Isa is upbeat about the Lions next two games.

Bernd Strange’s men lost 2-0 at home to Oman in an Asia Cup Qualifying game and will face China and Hong Kong in Friendlies before meeting Syria in October for another AFC qualifier.

Speaking to Fox Sports Asia, Isa said: “The coach is confident and as a player, it feels good when the coach trusts you with responsibilities.

“The boys are really responding to the coach and this is indeed a big test for us. We’re a young team in the midst of a rebuilding process.

“But the only way for us to progress is to look forward and learn from whatever result we get against Oman. From there, we’ll move on to the next match and try to get some points.”

Though the new coach’s first competitive game ended in a loss, friendly victory’s against Laos and Myanmar have boosted the squad’s morale.

The Lions XII man said : “For the past two months we have played under coach Stange, it has been great exposure.

Playing against better opponents is the way we want to go because it’s good for Singapore football.

“As the coach said, we’re good at defending but we need to implement the type of dominating game we’re looking to achieve.”

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