FAS extend Stange’s deal

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The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has extended the contract of national team coach Bernd Stange until April 2016.

FAS announced the contract extension on Friday; with the association’s general secretary Winston Lee saying the move would bring consistency to the national team.

"As we continue to strive towards our aim of qualifying for the Asian Cup 2019, extending Bernd's contract ensures continuity and leadership for the national team which has performed well in the ongoing World Cup/Asian Cup joint qualifying campaign,” he told the Straits Times.

"The executive committee and management remain confident in Bernd's leadership and capabilities to further raise our standards and we will continue to support him and the national team fully as we prepare for the remaining five matches in the round two qualifying campaign.

“We will review the performance of the national team after the conclusion of the qualifying campaign."

Singapore are currently third in Group E of the joint 2019 Asia Cup and 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign; behind group leaders Syria, who hold nine points, and second-placed Japan, who hold seven.

If they fail to move up the standings, Singapore will advance to the third round of Asia Cup qualifying but fail to reach the World Cup.

"I've always emphasised my desire to remain and lead the national team through the World Cup/Asian Cup qualifiers and I deeply appreciate the level of trust and confidence the FAS have in me. I will continue to do my best for Singapore,” Stange said.

"I will also continue to work closely with, and guide, my coaching colleagues Fandi Ahmad and V. Sundramoorthy – who have demonstrated team work, respect, humility and a genuine desire to keep learning and raising their standards."