A disappointing campaign that ended with a crushing 7-1 defeat has not gone unnoticed by officials who have announced an internal review
FAS President Zainudin Nordin said: “While the national team met our target of reaching the Third Round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Zone Qualifiers for the second consecutive time, we agree that the players and coaches involved in the six World Cup Asian Zone Qualifying matches could have performed better. Like our fans, we are disappointed with the results and we agree that there is much room for improvement in the team’s performances. However, we acknowledge that these qualifiers have provided an invaluable opportunity for many U-23 players to gain international exposure at the top level, and this is in line with our objective of rejuvenating the national team.
“Following the conclusion of the Third Round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Zone Qualifiers, FAS will await the coach’s report and analysis of the entire campaign. In line with our practice, the FAS ExCo and Council will subsequently review the post-tournament report and assess the team and coach’s performances during the entire campaign before considering what action needs to be taken.”
Mr Zainudin added: “We would like to thank our fans for their unwavering support for the team in the Lions’ three home group matches, as well as the match against Malaysia whom we faced in the earlier round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Zone Qualifiers. We humbly seek their continued support which is vital for the growth and progress of the emerging young players.”
FAS will announce the findings of the review and its decision in due course.
- Football Association of Singapore