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The Singapore skipper acknowledges the Middle East side will be tough opponents but believes the Lions are in a positive and focussed mood ahead of their AFC Asian Cup qualifier

Singapore captain Shahril Ishak is pumped up for their AFC Asian Cup Group A qualifier against Oman on Wednesday at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

The midfielder expressed confidence in coach Bernd Stange's football philosophy, which has been introduced to the team since he took over in May.

“We are focussed for the match and mood in the dressing room is very positive," Shahril told Goal Singapore.

“The team has been preparing for this match ever since the new coach took over and we are comfortable with his style of play.” 

While the skipper admitted that the odds are stacked against the Lions, he believes that none of his teammates want to experience a second consecutive defeat in the qualifiers - more so with this match being played at home.

“It will be a tough game as Oman is tactically a strong team but of course playing at home, we want to give them a good fight," Shahril said.

“Everyone is the same and there is no star here and he (Stange) wants us to give our 110% and with the support of the fans, we will definitely want to give the fans something to cheer about at the end of the match.”

Singapore started the qualifiers with a 4-0 defeat against Jordan under the charge of interim coach V. Sundramoorthy, while Oman snatched a slender 1-0 win over Syria in their opening match.

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