Goal.com Singapore caught up with the Lionesses before they departed for the AFF Cup and the team skipper reflected on the lack of support for the teamSpeaking about the preparations, Shida Sheriff Baker added: "Trainings have been pretty intensive. A lot of fitness and tactical work involved. Trainings are thrice a week and on weekends we have matches as well.”
The Lionesses played Malaysia in a friendly match as part of their preparations.
Captain Shida believed that it was a good warm up for them and a test to see how far they hav improved over the year. Unfortunately, Singapore suffered a heavy defeat to their Malaysian counterparts losing 5-1.
Also, support for the Lionesses has been little. Young forward Noor Fatin Afiqah pointed out that the majority of the supporters who turn up for their matches have always been family and friends.
Addressing this, the Lionesses’ skipper said: “I think we do not receive enough media coverage, and I can understand why since we’ve not been getting good results. But also, we’ve not been given enough attention. For instance, not many know that we were going to play Malaysia, and most don’t even know that we have a women’s team.”
However, she did acknowledge that women’s football here has developed over the past years.
“In general, the public is becoming more aware and accepting. Now, in schools, we have soccer academy for girls and we have more young girls playing.”
“But of course, it would be nice to have more support,” she added.
The Lionesses kick-off their campaign today against hosts Vietnam.