Adam Swandi leads the way for Lions

Adam Swandi leads the way for Lions
National coach Bernd Stange speaking to the Lions at training yesterday. The German wants the Singapore team to adopt a high-tempo, pass-and-move style of play but has had mixed results so far with what he admits is a "difficult" playing style. The team's next test will come tomorrow, when they take on Syria, who are ranked 16 places above them on the Fifa

His reign as national coach has been a mixed bag thus far, producing three wins over teams from within the region and three losses to those from beyond.

But Bernd Stange still believes the Lions have to adopt a high-tempo, pass-and-move style of play if they are to keep up with the footballing world.

"It's not the Bernd Stange system," the German said.

"This is the international standard - a system that all the teams in the world are playing.

"Only very lowly teams play kick-and-rush football; Stoke City are one of them but they don't play on the international stage, so you have to separate them."

And the player he is looking to to lead his revolution is 17-year-old Adam Swandi, who was handed his first Lions start in last week's 1-0 friendly win over Laos at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

By his own admission, the attacking midfielder "did not perform as well as I had hoped" in the hole behind Shahfiq Ghani.

"I'm not match fit because I haven't started playing in the league," explained Adam, who in February joined the Under-19s of French second-tier side Metz.

"I still have a long way to go but it helps that in France, they play a similar style of football."

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