Match Preview: Singapore vs Pakistan

Singapore go into their final friendly match before the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup following a surprise defeat to Philippines in Cebu
By Khalis Rifhan

Seeing how his charges failed to find the back of the net in their previous friendly against Philippines despite registering 19 shots on the night, coach Raddy Avramovich expects a better performance against Pakistan in their friendly match on Monday evening.

“For us it is an opportunity to play most players we are counting on for Suzuki Cup,"said Raddy.

"I just hope that they can try to be more clinical in final passing and finishing so that people coming to watch the game are satisfied with what they see and in some way give them hope for the Suzuki Cup.

“From games that we played against India, Shimizu S-Pulse and Philippines recently, I can see that we have improved a lot.

“In team shape, keeping possession creating chances [there is improvement] and what we need is patience and be more accurate when players are in such critical moments.”

His opposite number, fellow Serbian Zavisa Milosavljevic, is using the friendly as a stepping stone to improve the team ahead of a regional competition early next year.

“We are still in a preparation phase for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup in March next year," he said.

"It will also be a chance for us to continue and create a team mixed with seven foreign-based players from Denmark, England and Norway.”

Several of his overseas-based players will be joining the squad for the friendly and Zavisa believes that former Fulham player Zesh Rehman will be a key component in the team.

“Zesh will be a big recruitment for us as he is a very experienced player," said of the former Premier League defender.

"We can make a solid line up and expect a good match.”

With the Suzuki Cup a week away, Raddy hopes that striker Khairul Amri is able to regain his scoring form after being on the sideline early this year.

“I must mention [Khairul] Amri," said the Serbian.

"For many years, that potential, I just hope that he proves himself. He was unlucky at the beginning of the year as he had an injury with LionsXII.

“Now it looks like he is free from it and I hope that he believes he can be that big difference and help this team with scoring goals.”

Captain Shahril Ishak was feeling upbeat ahead of the friendly adding: “Yes we are prepared and have had two weeks of training overseas. The boys are hungry for goals and we are ready for the match and we will do our best.”

This will be Singapore's final warm-up match before they head up north for their Suzuki Cup campaign.

Singapore is in Group B alongside hosts Malaysia, Indonesia and Laos.

The Lions will play arch-rivals Malaysia in their group opener on November 25 at Bukit Jalil stadium.


Date:  Monday, 19 November 2012

Time:  5.00 pm onwards (kick-off 745pm)

Venue: Jurong West Stadium

Pricing: S$10 (Adult), S$2 (Concession - Student/ Senior Citizen)*

*Students (Primary, Secondary, ITE, JC Students Only) and Senior Citizens have to produce their concession passes upon entry into the stadium. Concession tickets are also applicable to children aged 7 and below whom require a seat in the stadium.