Singapore to begin Suzuki Cup defence at National Stadium

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) have announced that the Singapore national team will play all of its AFF Suzuki Cup Group B matches at the new National Stadium.

Suzuki Cup Group B

Sunday 23 November

  • Malaysia vs Myanmar, 5pm, Jalan Besar Stadium
  • Singapore vs Thailand, 8pm, National Stadium

Wednesday 26 November

  • Malaysia vs Thailand, 5pm, Jalan Besar Stadium
  • Singapore vs Myanmar, 8pm, National Stadium

Saturday 29 November

  • Thailand vs Myanmar, 8pm, Jalan Besar Stadium
  • Singapore vs Malaysia, 8pm, National Stadium

Bernd Stange's men will play at the refurbished venue for the first time when they face Thailand on 23 November, with the eventual aim of defending the crown they last won in 2012.

And despite the Lions' stuttering form in preparations, including defeat to Hong Kong and a draw against Macau, FAS president Zainudin Nordin is confident the home support will be fully behind the team in the tournament actual.

"We are looking forward to playing in front of 55,000 fans at our National Stadium and bringing back the Kallang Roar," he said in a statement released by FAS. 

Concerns over the quality of the National Stadium pitch remain even after Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou's concert, originally scheduled there in early November, was postponed.

But Nordin has assured that organisers are "doing their best in ensuring optimal playing conditions for our [Singapore's] group stage matches."

Other Group B rivals include Malaysia and Myanmar, led by former Lions coach Radojko Avramovic. 

Together with Thailand, they will be playing the remaining group fixtures not involving Singapore at Jalan Besar Stadium.

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