2016 Suzuki Cup Preview: Singapore

Facing an uphill battle in Group A, can four-time champions Singapore upset the formbook and cause another Suzuki Cup surprise?

The Lowdown

Suzuki Cup 2016 preview

Once regarded as a powerhouse in the the region, Singapore will be coming into the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup tournament as distinct underdogs.

A spate of dismal results — a 2-1 loss to Cambodia, widely regarded as Southeast Asia’s football minnows, for the first time in 42 years among them— have not inspired the fans and many are disillusioned by the team’s prospects at the biennial tournament.

The squad lacks firepower, with plenty wondering where the goals are going to come from. Talismanic striker Khairul Amri is the only recognisable forward the Lions possess, with stalwart Fazrul Nawaz ruled out of the premier competition due to a torn ligament in his knee.

Despite many expecting them to fail, interim head coach V.Sundramoorthy has vowed to lead the team to the semi-finals, with his job the likely casualty should he fail in his quest.

If Sundram is able to make good on his words, the Lions will have exceeded expectations and improved upon their group stage exit from the competition in 2014.

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