Sundram upbeat despite Singapore loss

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Singapore coach V. Sundramoorthy remains happy with the general state of play despite a 2-0 loss in Tuesday’s friendly in Hong Kong.

The Lions made six changes from the team that played out a 0-0 draw with Malaysia in Friday’s Causeway Challenge including handing a debut to Irfan Fandi, the 19-year-old son of assistant coach Fandi Ahmad.

Speaking after the game, Sundram talked about the positives from a game that extended Singapore’s winless run to five games.

“It was a very good game, very exciting and there were chances for both teams – the difference is that Hong Kong took their chances while we didn’t manage to convert ours,” he said, adding that the match was “good preparation for the Suzuki Cup.”

And while Singapore started the game brightly and did create chances, coach Sundram must be concerned at the lack of a cutting edge, as in a virtual repeat of Friday’s game against Malaysia, the chances once again went begging.

The defeat means in their six games under Sundram, Singapore has won one, drawn one, and lost four, with the only victory a 1-0 win over Myanmar.

The Lions now head to Qatar on November 1 for a 10-day training camp ahead of next month’s AFF Suzuki Cup.