No friendlies for Singapore ahead of Oman game

The Lions will not spar with any opponents before their Asian Cup qualifier as coach Bernd Stange believes he can get his squad to better understand his tactics during training

Singapore coach Bernd Stange has revealed that there will not be any friendly matches for his side prior to their crucial Asian Cup qualifier against Oman in August.

The former Belarus and Iraq coach feels that only training sessions will enable him to get up close with the players and ensure that his tactics and strategies are fully understood before they take on the Middle East giants. 

“The next centralised training is on August 3 and there are 11 days of preparations, which is good for us," Stange said.

“If you count the number of matches our players played, they have played enough matches, twice a week.

“But they played in grass pitches and not in this kind [artificial turf] and if we play matches, I can’t stop the match and correct them.

“But I can do so during training sessions and explain the way I want them to play and we have to win this match against Oman."

While the reigning Southeast Asian champions are having a five-day centralised training that began on Monday, Stange has yet to finalise his squad for the Oman match.

“With the help of the clubs, we have a couple of days more to prepare the team and I will announce the squad early enough," he reassured.

“I will make a final decision in two weeks and there will be other players who are not here now but are in top performance now.”

Singapore opened their Asian Cup qualifying campaign with a 4-0 drubbing by Jordan in February and will host Oman on August 14 at the Jalan Besar Stadium, before welcoming Syria a month later at the same venue.