Shahril Ishak confident of a good showing against Jordan

The Lions captain is upbeat about his team's chances as they prepare to face the 8th ranked team in Asia
By Khalis Rifhan

Temperatures have been steadily dropping in the Jordan capital, Amman, for the past few days and the weatherman has predicted heavy rains in the morning, hours before Singapore is scheduled take to the field against Jordan for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. 

Although the players have been experiencing a rather cold temperature of just slightly above 10 degrees, the condition is expected to worsen on Wednesday with the temperature expected to plummet to 6 degrees late in the afternoon.

But the unpredictable temperature in the Middle East does not seem to bother captain Shahril Ishak as he told Singapore that the rest of his team is getting on fine.

“Yes the weather over here is very cold but it’s also just nice for a game of football, the players are all adapting well and we are getting used to it already,” said Shahril 

The Lions head into the match at the back of a 3-1 defeat to Bahrain last Friday and Shahril believes that even though victory eluded them in Riffa, they came away with a valuable lesson that will come in handy for their qualifiers.

“Of course it was a good warm up match for us, it was good that we had that game as we know what to expect and have a feeling how Middle Eastern team play,” explained Shahril 

“The team is in a good spirit after the Suzuki Cup and we will try our best and give Jordan a good fight. But I will also be satisfied with a draw as we are playing away from home.

“It’s going to be a tough game as we are playing against one of the top teams in Asia. I hope the boys believe in themselves and play their hearts out on the pitch.” 

The two sides had met in the previous qualifying campaign, with the Lions tasting victory at home but eventually lost out on qualification as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Jordan in their last match.

They will once again meet in the King Abdullah Stadium, Amman which hosted the 2010 West Asian Football Federation Championship, with the match scheduled to kick-off at 2200 (Singapore).