|Better perspective from here|
Speaking after the 4-0 thumping by the Lions at the "Wild Wild West" (Jurong West), Pakistan's coach Zaviša Milosavljević gave an insight on the football scene in the South Asian nation.
"Politics is not the biggest problem facing Pakistan football." said the Serbian coach when asked if off-the-field circumstances are being the hindrance from moving forward for the game in the country.
"It's poorly organized with a lot of resources not being used.
"And one of the aims is to organize a proper youth system, as we are having players at 16, 17 years old playing at senior level without proper building up, which I think is a sensitive period in players' development." he added
"Also this is our first international game since December 2011 because the national team facing difficulties in travel aboard due to visa issues." citing the reason for the lack of exposure for the Greenshirts on the global front.
"But this game (against Singapore) gave us a lot of exposure and hope to prepare us for the AFC Challenge Cup, as Singapore is good team that is well organized and have a good game system compared to my side." added coach Milosavljević, in paying tribute to the hosting side.
(Top left: coach Milosavljević, bottom L-R: Hariss and coach Wong)
Despite got off to a good start in the second minute through Shi Jiayi's low grounder from inside right, after sliced his way in from outside the box, it wasn't until 30th minute the crowds saw the second goal that a split defence pass by skipper Shahril Ishak found Khairul Amri on the run before finished off from a decent distance away in the penalty area.
It was not to say the Republic was confronted by a stout Pakistani defence led by former EPL player Zesh Rehman, rather the lack of mobility in passing and movement on-off the ball on their part that were not doing them any favour to put up a convincing performance.
|Skipper Shahril Ishak (no.17) tussling with Zesh Rehman (Picture credit: FAS)|
"It's something positive for us to able to keep the ball better, which we have been working this tactical aspect in the past two weeks." acknowledged Mike Wong, the assistant coach of the Lions, in the post match press conference.
Two more goals scored in the closing stages of the match with Shahril and Duric putting their names on the scoresheet in the 77th and 88th minute respectively.
Sharing his thoughts on the match, vice-skipper Hariss Harun said:"It's good to get off from a good start and we took our chances well came along the way that we hope to carry from here."