Singapore 'to do damage' in Asian Cup qualifier vs. Turkmenistan - Sundram

Singapore 'to do damage' in Asian Cup qualifier vs. Turkmenistan - Sundram
From ESPN - October 8, 2017

Singapore have not won a game in almost a year, but coach V. Sundramoorthy believes his side can defeat Turkmenistan away in Ashgabat in Tuesday's night crucial Asian Cup qualifier.

Bottom of Group E with just two points from three games, the Lions desperately need a result to keep their qualification hopes alive. Bahrain (seven points) and Turkmenistan (four points) occupy the two qualifying spots.

The last time Singapore tasted victory was Nov. 2016, and they have won only two of 18 official matches since Sundram took charge around 18 months ago.

But his optimism stems from an encouraging display in the 3-1 friendly defeat against Qatar in Doha last Thursday.

The four-time ASEAN champions could have grabbed a draw if not for a couple of defensive lapses and Fazrul Nawaz's disallowed goal.

"We held a quality opponent like Qatar for 39 minutes, and even when they scored, it was due to our lack of concentration, not because they created those chances," Sundramoorthy told The New Paper.

"Qatar have more quality than Turkmenistan and I already have an idea of how to approach the next match. Against Qatar, we had to stay really compact but, in the Turkmenistan game, there will more possibilities for us to break and do damage."

The former national forward, who recently turned 52, is also buoyed by the performances of Faritz Hameed and Hafiz Sujad.

The duo deputised well in the wing-back positions in Sundram's 3-4-3 formation for the unavailable duo of Nazrul Nazari (family commitment) and Shakir Hamzah (hip injury).


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