There may be nothing formally on the line when Singapore visits Taiwan for the final match in AFC Asian Cup qualification, but with both nations building for the future one young star direct from a Premier League club is set to further highlight the football promise in the host nation.
Tampines Rovers fell to a 2-1 defeat to Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) on Larkin Stadium on Wednesday night which leaves them bottom of their group after four matches and almost mathematically certain of elimination.
A brace from M Anumanthan helped Home United thump Cambodian outfit Boeung Ket 6-0 at Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday evening as the Protectors kept their AFC Cup progression hopes alive while their wilting opponents were reduced to ten men late on.
In front of a 2,215-strong crowd, Tampines Rovers showed grit to hold Malaysian giants Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) to a goalless stalemate at the Jalan Besar stadium on Tuesday evening to earn their first point in the AFC Cup.
Despite playing with a numerical advantage for more than 40 minutes, Jurgen Raab's Tampines Rovers were outclassed by Indonesian opponents Persija Jakarta, who dominated proceedings from start to end in their AFC Cup group-stage encounter on Wednesday.