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Toothless Cubs broke the deadlock late in the game with a Shafiq header

Aide is not pressing the panic button just yet  Scheduled as the preparatory match for the upcoming SEA Games accorded with "A" international match protocols, the Singapore national team started the dice rolling in the fourth minute when skipper Harriss Harun's header went inches above the bar from opening the accounts. Despite dominating much of the possession in this match against Cambodia at Hougang Stadium, it must be appalling for the Cubs for not able to score as much as they created throughout the evening. Probably because the Games are just days away and to avoid any mishap from taking place, both sides adopted a "safety-first" approach with the hosts stroking passes around the park with the visitors defended in numbers at their back baying for opportunities to ambush the men-in-red on the counters. Shafiq Ghani's (26) headed home the only goal Nonetheless, the lack of clinical finishing from both teams on the field was the hallmark

Aide: More or Less 80% confirmed for SEA Games First XI

"Heartlands Series" at Toa Payoh The national U23 side played to a one-all draw against Hougang United which comprised mainly their Prime Leaguers at the Toa Payoh Stadium. This match was part of the two-match series arranged this week for the SEA Games gelling process. Speaking to the media after the match, Cubs coach Aide Iskandar revealed he is "more or less" have in his mind who will be his starting eleven in the Myanmar adventure. Said the former national captain:"More or less this team that played tonight will be the first eleven, around 80 percent of them," "Overall, I am quite happy with what I saw today with the chances we created but I am not pleased with the end product that I think we need to work it out on that." added Coach Aide on those rued chances his side had during the match. Aide Iskandar is the coach of the Cubs Following the match against the Cambodian Under-23 side on the same venue this Friday, the squad o

Stange's U-TURN?

“This is the national team, and this is a qualifying match in which we still have a chance to make the Asian Cup finals,” “There is no reason for experimentation, we have to go out and make a result.” - Bernd Stange prior to the match against Syria at Tehran on ( TODAY, 15th November 2013 ) "We have to be realistic, as now we don't have the strength to qualify for the Asian Cup in Australia at this present moment and I'm still on the lookout for younger players to play the kind of football I want to, like I said before it takes time and it's a long process." - Bernd Stange after 2-1 win over Syria on 15th October 2013 Barely a month apart and contrasting thoughts from the Singapore national team coach must have a few guys scratching their heads on the actual priority of the German coach. It was the same man quick to douse the flame after the 2-1 win over Syria at home in October to quash any fantasizing thoughts of heading Down Under next year for the

[RHB Singapore Cup] Fitness is the key that saw Protectors outmuscled the Jaguars

Off to Asia again with this Cup win by Home United Should we say the emphasis on match fitness by Home United coach Lee Lim Saeng paid off with that emphatic display that shredded Tanjong Pagar United apart in the RHB Singapore Cup final? Just days ago a friend of mine suggested that the Protectors are the fittest side among the S. League clubs with the tough regime imposed by the former Korean international since his arrival at the Bishan-based club three years ago. All it took was two quick set-pieces goals in the early stages of the first half to inflict the damage on their opponents to set the momentum right for Home United to wrap up their second Cup win under Coach Lee with a convincing 4-1 scoreline. Shahril Jantan won the Cup two-on-a-roll Seemingly agreeing with the opening notion, Home United's 'keeper Shahril Jantan offered his thoughts to this blogger after the match. Said the decorated custodian: "I think that this team is fitter as compared to