|Singapore's coach Bernd Stange|
"I believe we are well prepared to show that we are the top team since we are hosting the tournament," said the German coach.
"With expecting crowds of thirty, forty thousands behind us, this is always an advantage to any home team because they added pressure to the away team and motivate the (home) players to do well just like anywhere in the world."
|Only Thailand (far right) was not represented by their head coach|
Explained Coach Stange:"This is not the first time the players play on the surface, as some of them played for the Singapore Selection (against Juventus in August),
"(Friendly results versus Cambodia and Laos) meant nothing, as we are absolutely focused for the game against Thailand, as it is a big big battle for this match."
"We need to strike a good balance by playing safe and attacking football against Thailand, it's extremely important for us to deliver the result and I am optimistic about this."
|Met some of the Lions posed for this shot - "SMILE..."|
Sharing his thoughts after the team's training session at the Jurong West Stadium, the 31-year-old said:"I don't focus much on things that are not relevant to the game (i.e.: the National Stadium field) but chose to stay focused on the match itself,
|Ismadi hopes to inspire|
In the meantime, the final squad of the 22 for the tournament was made known around this noon, as follows.
THE FINAL 22
|1||MOHAMAD IZWAN BIN MAHBUD||GK||24||27||0||LIONSXII|
|2||HASSAN BIN ABDULLAH SUNNY||GK||30||45||0||WARRIORS FC|
|3||MUHAMMAD AL QAASIMY BIN ABDUL RAHMAN||DF||22||5||0||COURTS YOUNG LIONS|
|4||BAIHAKKI BIN KHAIZAN||DF||30||111||4||LIONSXII|
|5||MOHAMAD SHAIFUL BIN ESAH NAIN||DF||28||40||2||TAMPINES ROVERS|
|6||ISMADI BIN MUKHTAR||DF||31||4||0||TAMPINES ROVERS|
|7||MOHAMMAD AFIQ BIN YUNOS||DF||24||6||0||LIONSXII|
|8||MUHAMMAD AMIRUL ADLI BIN AZMI||DF||18||3||0||COURTS YOUNG LIONS|
|9||MUHAMMAD SAFUWAN BIN BAHARUDIN||DF||23||40||2||LIONSXII|
|10||MUHAMMAD SHAKIR BIN HAMZAH||DF||22||10||0||LIONSXII|
|11||MUHAMMAD HAFIZ BIN ABU SUJAD||MF||24||12||0||LIONSXII|
|12||HARISS S/O HARUN||MF||24||45||1||JOHOR DARUL TAKZIM 1|
|13||MUHAMMAD ZULFAHMI BIN MOHD ARIFIN||MF||23||10||0||LIONSXII|
|14||SHAHDAN BIN SULAIMAN||MF||26||40||2||TAMPINES ROVERS|
|15||MUHAMMAD FARIS BIN RAMLI||MF||22||10||1||LIONSXII|
|16||MOHAMMAD SHAHRIL BIN ISHAK||MF||29||117||13||JOHOR DARUL TAKZIM 2|
|17||GABRIEL QUAK JUN YI||MF||24||7||2||LIONSXII|
|18||MUHAMMAD SHAHFIQ BIN GHANI||FW||22||17||2||LIONSXII|
|19||MOHAMMAD KHAIRUL AMRI BIN MOHAMMAD KAMAL||FW||29||89||23||LIONSXII|
|20||MOHAMAD SAHIL BIN SUHAIMI||FW||23||8||0||COURTS YOUNG LIONS|
|21||MUHAMMAD KHAIRUL NIZAM BIN MOHAMMAD KAMAL||FW||23||8||0||LIONSXII|
|22||FAZRUL BIN NAWAZ||FW||29||68||6||HOME UNITED|