Lions bounce back from university loss with first tour victory

Singapore rebounded from an opening-day loss on their Japan tour with a 2-0 victory over Japan Soccer College. 

Fazrul Nawaz opened the scoring in the fifth minute, while Hafiz Nor added another in the 29th minute.

The win comes on the back of a 3-2 defeat to Niigata University of Health and Welfare, which attracted criticism from fans.

They may be university teams, but all Japanese teams are fast, fit and technically good

- Sundram

Singapore head coach V. Sundramoorthy was happy to earn a win but he continued to insist results are secondary in the build-up to the year-end AFF Suzuki Cup.

“I'm happy to get a win, but like I've been saying all along, results are not the important thing on this training camp,” Sundram said.

“Almost the entire squad – 23 out of 25 – has now had some playing time and I was able to try many different things against some strong opponents.

“They may be university teams, but all Japanese teams are fast, fit and technically good – in fact, I believe a Japan University Team beat some top clubs in the region earlier this year, so I'm pleased with how the team did."

Singapore will now face J-League 1 side Albirex Niigata on Sunday, before travelling to Cambodia for an international friendly on July 28.

Main Photo: FAS