It is time for Singapore to step up to the next level.
That was the message Singapore coach Bernd Stange relayed during the pre-match press conference ahead of their 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Jordan tonight.
The German revealed his plans for the national team leading up to the SEA Games next year, but stressed on his team needing to step up to the plate in order to face bigger and tougher oppositions.
“Our choice of opponents for this year’s Fifa [international] matches will depend how we perform against Jordan and Oman,” the 65-year-old said.
“If we have a good performance I think we can make a step forward and choose better teams. If we are not good enough we should stay a little bit longer in Southeast Asia and Asia and play our opponents.
“My dream is to play stronger opponents but first, we have to deliver against Jordan and Oman with a good performance.”
Stange, however, believes the team is on the right track, especially with Courts Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar and LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad all on the same wavelength in terms of developing a more attacking style of football.
“All coaches are running in one direction,” he said.
“We want to play one style of football, we have the same philosophy and hopefully it grows. But it takes a little bit of time to bring all this together and it takes experience. We need experience, we need more of these matches."
Apart from having friendlies during the opening of the Sports Hub later in the year, the former Belarus coach also expressed his keenness for his side to participate in the upcoming Asian Games in Korea in September to prepare for the upcoming Suzuki Cup.
Stange will not have a full squad at his disposal against Jordan and the German was quick to point out that the team going into the match tomorrow will not be the one he will be taking for the Suzuki Cup.
“I think it’s not the squad because I think there are some promising youngsters from our SEA Games team,” Stange said.
“We can add players like Hassan [Sunny] and Sahil [Suhaimi] who are still in Turkey, plus one or two more players and hopefully a couple of players from Singapore clubs.
“I hope there are more promising youngsters in our Singapore league for our future, I hope the coaches risks the local youngsters."
The game between Singapore and Jordan will kick off at 7.30p.m. on Tuesday at Jalan Besar Stadium.