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Coach Stange:"More confidence to play passing and dominating football" (edited)

Coach Stange (right) preaches "passing" game
The Singapore national football team begun their preparation for the crucial AFC Asian Cup qualifiers against Oman this evening at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

From today onwards, the Lions will come together for the preparation training before the centralized training begins on the 10th of August.

Other than those being involved in their club duties, most of the 23 players reported to the session led by coach Bernd Stange with the late omission of Tampines Rovers defender Shaiful Esah who is replaced by Warriors FC's Zulfadli Zainal Abidin due to an injury sustained on his right knee cartilage (according to the FAS media release).

Players involved in last night's "Uniform Derby" did part of their recovery
Players are responding well in the training
Much of the training emphasized on the passing game the ex-Iraq national coach trying to preach to his team and the German coach is pleased that the players are responding well to his methods.

Said the 65-year-old after the session:"The players are happy with the training and I am glad that we are following the right direction, but it takes time as it's a step-by-step process.

Coach Stange talks to the media after the session
"We are trying to play the type of football with the players we have now," added coach Stange.

"What we need now is more confidence in ourselves to play the passing and dominating football since we are lacking in physical, which is why I hope we can have a full capacity (crowd) when we play Oman to give us that confidence, motivation to do so."said the former Belarus coach.

The Lions are scheduled to play the Omanis on the 14th of August at the Jalan Besar Stadium follow by friendly matches away to Hong Kong and China.


The ticket sales for the AFC Asian Cup qualifying match between Singapore and Oman on Wednesday, 14 August 2013, 7.30 pm, at the Jalan Besar Stadium will commence Tuesday, 6 August 2013, 12 noon.

Tickets can be purchased from the TicketBooth’s website, the 12 TicketBooth outlets, or AXS machines island-wide until 4.00 pm on match-day.

The ticket sales will resume on match-day from 4.30 pm onwards at the Jalan Besar Stadium North Gate, subject to availability.

All ticket redemption (for online and AXS purchases) can be done at the 12 TicketBooth outlets during their operating hours or at the Jalan Besar Stadium on match-day, using the sales receipt.

Adults : $18 (Grandstand), $10 (KGS, Gallery)
Concession: N/A (Grandstand), $3 (KGS, Gallery)

(extracted from FAS media release dated 4/8/13)