Isa Halim: Stange has brought progress

National midfielder Isa Halim has faith in Singapore coach Bernd Stange despite the national team’s recent run of poor results

With three defeats on the trot, recent results might not have been the most flattering towards the Singapore national team. However, Isa Halim still believes that Singapore coach Bernd Stange is the right man for the job.

The German has come under criticism for their trilogy of recent defeats. The Lions went down to a 2-0 defeat at home against Oman in an 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifier, before suffering a 6-1 drubbing against China and a narrow 1-0 loss against Hong Kong in two subsequent friendlies.

Speaking to Goal Singapore during the FAS Kids’ Day 2013 on Friday morning, the LionsXII midfielder believes the results have not been a fair reflection of the progress of the team.

“This is football, and unfortunately, the results speak louder,” Isa said.

"But I can definitely see the progress (of the national team) because we are playing much better as compared to previous years.

“I’ve learned a lot in the past few months, about the professional style and standard of football he (Stange) believes we should be playing.”

Stange said in a recent interview that the most important issue now would be for the players themselves to believe in the direction the team is going.

“They (the players) like this kind of football, but know it’s hard to play," the 65 year-old German said.

"It’s hard to move, it’s hard to run. We need fitness. But all the players believe in playing this way, and they like to play this kind of football, so that’s why we will continue to do so.”

Isa echoed his manager’s statements, saying the team is behind the manager and share the same mentality.

“The coach wants to instill the winning mentality, and that takes time,” he explained.

"We have to be patient and believe in ourselves, before we can play beautiful football. We have faith in the manager, and I believe this is a step up.”