Stange slams Baihakki performance after Macau draw

Singapore National Team coach Bernd Stange launched a stinging broadside at veteran defender Baihakki Khaizan following a 2-2 draw against Macau on Tuesday evening.

The Lions had been leading 2-0 at the halftime break, but two defensive errors let their opponents back into the game.

This followed a 1-2 loss to Hong Kong last Friday, as Singapore return home empty handed and low in confidence ahead of their Suzuki Cup campaign in November.

A furious Stange did not mince his words after the game, laying the blame firmly at Baihakki's feet.

"It feels like a defeat, everybody feels that," he said.

"Two arrogant mistakes, crucial mistakes from one of our experienced players, made this disaster happen.

"I don't really like to single out players, but we cannot make such mistakes."

Singapore had taken a two goal lead into the break after a brace from a revitalised Khairul Amri but Macau, ranked 186th in the world, replied in the 56th and 91st minute to grab a share of the spoils.

"I exploded in the changing room," Stange said.

"I cannot accept such mistakes and lack of concentration against such a team.

"The first goal, [Baihakki] made a horrible mistake with a five-metre pass and the second goal was just arrogant."

The Singapore coach admitted that the latest disappointing results had come at a bad time, as Singapore look to defend their Suzuki Cup title on home soil in just over a month.

"With such performances of key players, I get more headaches, because it's very risky to lose now or to panic," he said.

"I was so pleased with the first half, how we played, and so disappointed 45 minutes later."

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