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Sundram to focus on AFF Suzuki Cup for Singapore after winless 2017


Sundram to focus on AFF Suzuki Cup for Singapore after winless 2017
From ESPN - November 14, 2017

Coach V. Sundramoorthy is now looking ahead to the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup after Singapore failed in their quest to qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup.

Despite getting their qualifying campaign off to an encouraging start with a 0-0 draw away to Bahrain, the Lions struggled for more positive results.

Their hopes of making the continental tournament for the first time since being hosts in 1984 were extinguished in their fifth Group E game on Thursday night after a 3-0 defeat to Bahrain at the National Stadium.

It meant they have nothing more than just pride to play for in their final group game away against Chinese Taipei in March.

Hariss Harun and company did well to keep their more illustrious visitors at bay for more than an hour, before succumbing to three goals in the final 25 minutes.

Sundramoorthy lamented injuries to Shawal Anuar and Irfan Fandi that forced a tactical reshuffle.

Shawal was lively in the opening stages, but lasted just 14 minutes. Irfan twisted his ankle around the hour mark after a stout performance at the heart of the Singapore defence.

"Irfan's departure was key," Sundram said. "When he was there, we were solid. He dealt with all the high balls and crosses.

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