Sundram: Syria are like Suzuki Cup opponents Philippines


Singapore interim head coach V.Sundramoorthy believes the international friendly with Syria will be beneficial to his side due to their similarity to Suzuki Cup foes Philippines. 

Sundram feels it will be good preparation for Singapore's 2016 Suzuki Cup Group A opener on November 19, when the Lions take on the co-hosts.

While their opponents, ranked 96th in the world by FIFA, will be viewed as favourites for the friendly on Wednesday, Sundram insisted his 171st-ranked team will be competitive and is aiming to win when it takes to the pitch.

For us basically the opponent is strong and similar to Philippines, who are also quite strong

“We are playing against a strong opponent, we must take the game tactically,” Sundram said.

“More or less we know Syria because we’ve played them a couple of times, we also watched them in the World Cup match against Qatar.

“For us basically the opponent is a strong opponent and are similar to Philippines, who are also quite strong.”

The Lions will play Syria in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, just days after returning from a training camp in Qatar.


Singapore lost 2-1 to Syria last year in a World Cup qualifier

Apart from some of his players getting injured, Sundram said he was pleased with what he saw in Qatar, adding that the players also appeared to bond during this time.

“Everything was smooth,” he stated. “I think team bonding was the key, working on some of the areas tactically where we needed to and players to just have an understanding of their roles.

“I feel that it is a positive trip, especially where the boys can get together.”

With only weeks to go before the final 23-man squad is named, Sundram also shared that he has nearly made up his mind on whom to take to the tournament.

But he insisted that anything can happen in the next two warm-up games and he could still alter his plans.

“We have more or less an idea (of who to bring),” Sundram said. “But depending on injuries and what happens in games (everyone still has a chance of making team)."

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