Bacina: Season is still early

The Tampines Rovers coach insists that the S.League title race is far from over, while Albirex Niigata coach Koichi Sugiyama is not too worried with his side's dip in form

Despite his side opening up a four point lead at the top of the 2013 Great Eastern-Yeo’s S-League, Tampines Rovers coach Nenad Bacina insists the title race is far from over. 

He said after the Stags’ 2-1 win over Albirex Niigata on Friday, “Football is not like Playstation where all you have to do is press the buttons.

“The season is still early and who says we will beat the other teams? Anything can happen.” 

With defender Seiji Kaneko expected to be out of action for at least a few weeks after picking up a bad injury against Albirex, Nenad hopes the depth in his squad will help his team cope with injuries.

He added, “I’m happy to have a strong squad as we are reaching a stage where players start picking up injuries. 

“We are in two competitions this year and games are coming thick and fast."

Albirex are tipped to challenge the Stags for the title this season but are falling off the pace at the top after suffering their second defeat this season. 

But coach Koichi Sugiyama is not concerned about his side’s dip in form and believes they will close the gap at the top.

He said, “The season is still early. But we want to get closer to Tampines and beat them in our next game against them. 

“It’s fine that we lost against them today but we must beat the other weaker teams.”

“We have to beat Balestier Khalsa next Tuesday but it’s going to be another physical game as they have big players too,” he added.