Singapore open Japan tour with university loss

Singapore’s training tour in Japan began with a loss as they fell 3-2 to Niigata University of Health and Welfare. 

Singapore took the lead through Gabriel Quak, but were unable to hold on to it and ultimately tasted defeat in the first match of their tour.

They will play Japan Soccer College next on Thursday, before facing J-League 1 side Albirex Niigata on Sunday.

They then travel to Cambodia for an international friendly match on July 28.

Quak opened the scoring in just the ninth minute, but Takahashi Kazuma struck four minutes later to cancel out the winger’s opener.

Niigata then went ahead in the 22nd minute as Kazuma completed his brace before the Lions pulled level through Hafiz Sujad a short time later.

The game was then settled by Wada Kanta’s lone strike in the second half in an experimental match in which 18 Singaporean players tasted action.

Singapore head coach V. Sundramoorthy was satisfied with the run out as he attempts to make full use of the opportunity to train in Japan.

“I'm happy to give the players their first playing minutes of this training camp,” Sundram said.

“These two training matches give me a chance to test various formations and players such as Amy Recha, which will be important in our preparations for the friendly against Albirex Niigata on Sunday and the ‘A’ international against Cambodia next Thursday.”

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