Stange warns Singapore about Cambodia forwards

Singapore head coach Bernd Stange intends to stamp out complacency in the squad as he targets an opening win in the joint 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifier in Phnom Penh on Thursday.

The Lions have been drawn with their Cambodian counterparts in Group E and have enjoyed a fantastic record against their hosts, beating them on 11 out of 14 occasions while also trashing them 5-0 in their last competitive enconter.

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But Stange is particularly wary of the threat posed by opposing forwards Khuon Laboravy and Khim Borey, and insists his men must not taking their rivals lightly if they are to get their qualifying campaign off to a perfect start.

"They have some great forwards,” he told reporters at a press conference. “So Singapore has no right to underestimate anyone else in the group.

"We are trying to win the game against Cambodia, that’s why we’re here. And we will see tomorrow who is the stronger team."

Despite admitting few in Group E had a chance at toppling favourites Japan, Stange demanded Singapore still push all the way in order to progress to the third round of qualification and eventually secure the milestone of playing their first World Cup in 2018.

"I think nobody [in the group] can touch Japan, they are too far ahead than the rest. But you never know in football," the German continued.

"There is nothing better in football than the World Cup, and World Cup qualification. It’s a highlight for all football fans, officials, media and players. That’s why we have an important match [against Cambodia].

Following Thursday's clash, Singapore travel to Saitama to face Asian giants Japan on Tuesday.

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