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Thailand and Azkals or Indonesia but don’t write Singapore off – Michael Weiss

Mongolia national team coach Michael Weiss has warned not to write off Singapore’s chances of making it out of the ‘Group of Death’ at the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.

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The former Philippines national team coach is now in charge of Mongolia and will see his side go up against Fandi Ahmad’s Lions at the Bishan Stadium in an international friendly on Friday, before they head to Vientiane to face V. Sundramoorthy’s Laos.

Having coached the Azkals from 2011 to 2014, the 53-year-old knows the standard of Southeast Asian football well and gave his take on Group B, comprising reigning champions Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Singapore.

“On paper, you would say for sure, Thailand and either Philippines or Indonesia but paper doesn’t count for anything,” Weiss said at the pre-match news conference.

“I think Singapore have the same chances as any of these countries. They play the first game at home against Indonesia and if they get a result in that game, then why not? Anything is possible in football.

“It does not look favourable for Singapore right now but I don’t think so. I think they can do something at the tournament.”