Malaysia U-23 to be based in Singapore for 2012 S.League

The Young Tigers will be taking a strong squad to compete in the S.League this year, and have adopted the Yishun Stadium as their home ground for their matches
The Malaysian Under-23 team will be based in Singapore for the upcoming 2012 S.League season. The decision is unlikely to change unless there are further developments.

Inability to verify the location of their home ground had been of minor discontentment for the Malaysian side, who had indicated a preference to base themselves at a training camp in Johor.

Led by astute tactician Ong Kim Swee, the Young Tigers will now be based in Yishun, in the north of Singapore and approximately 90 minutes from the Causeway. They will utilise the Yishun Stadium as their home ground for all the league and cup matches upon commencement of the league in February.

Ong has picked a very formidable side for the league, including several key national team players like Mahali Jasuli and Fadhli Shas. They will also be banking on youth prodigies like Syahrul Azwari and Nazmi Faiz, who both impressed during last year's South East Asian Games triumph.

This arrangement comes part of the deal between Malaysia and Singapore that will also see the Singapore U-23 team, dubbed as the Lions XII, feature in the Malaysian Super League.

The new version of the S.League, dubbed S.League 2.0, was also launched on Friday at a gala press conference at Jalan Besar Stadium, the headquarters of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

Promising more new media initiatives for fan engagement, FAS President Zainudin Nordin also unveiled the league's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Deputy CEO who will oversee the reshaping of the league.

Zainudin speaking at the press conference noted the Harimau Muda's pedigree saying, "They have nine national players in the team and this is the side that won the Gold medal at the South-East Asian Games in 2011."

The Harimau Muda will join Brunei's DPMM FC as the league's latest addition in the 2012 season in a fourteen team competition.