Sundram: Singapore results still not important yet

Singapore will be going to Japan for a training tour before facing Cambodia at the end of the month, but Sundram's objectives still aren't winning just yet... 

Singapore head coach V.Sundramoorthy has reiterated that winning is not a priority in the squad's preparation for the year-end Suzuki Cup.

The most important thing is to get a result at the AFF Suzuki Cup

For now, the newly-installed coach aims to test out different players and formations as the national team heads to Japan for a training tour.

There they will face J-League 1 side Albirex Niigata and other various college teams. Following the end of the tour, Singapore will fly to Cambodia for a friendly match.

"Results are not important (for this tour), but we would love to win to instill a winning mentality," Sundram said.

"But the most important thing is to get a result at the AFF Suzuki Cup instead."

For this tour, Sundram has called up many fringe players plus four uncapped Singaporeans. This is partly due to the fact the likes of Hariss Harun and Hassan Sunny were not selected due to club commitments.

Daniel Bennett is among the faces in a new-look squad. Photo: Weixiang Lim/FFT

In their place, uncapped Home defender Abdil Qaiyyim, goalkeepers Syazwan Buhari and Kharulhin Khalid, as well as Geylang International winger Amy Recha were selected.

Even 38-year-old defender Daniel Bennett was handed a recall after a three-year absence.

Sundram is intrigued by how these players will respond to their call-ups, although he believes they have acquitted themselves quite well so far in training sessions.

"They (the squad members) are working hard as you can see and they are disciplined and they want to fight for their place, that's very encouraging," the former Singapore international said.

"The new players will be given opportunities to play in Japan... my objective is to give them playing time and we can see how they fare.

"Playing against a J1 side Albirex, we should use it as a benchmark to push ourselves."

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