Finally, they look the part

Finally, they look the part

SINGAPORE - Over the last few days, he has talked about preparing his men to peak at the right time.

There were signs yesterday that the Singapore Under-23s are beginning to gel after a thumping 6-0 win over the Philippines U-23s in their final friendly before heading off to Myanmar tomorrow for the 2013 South-east Asia (SEA) Games.

The Singapore U-23s' bid for at least a medal in Myanmar gets underway on Sunday when they open their campaign in Group A against Laos in the capital, Naypyidaw.

Speaking after the win at Hougang Stadium yesterday, coach Aide Iskandar said: "Our best is yet to come. "We've had only three games to prepare, so I can't say we are at 100 per cent, yet. We can still improve and we must improve game by game.

"It's a good morale booster to keep another clean sheet and a great relief to score six, although it would be nice to see some goals from Hariss (Harun) and Zulfahmi (Arifin)."

The home side dominated their opponents in a match that also served as a fund-raiser for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. The FAS raised more than $50,000 for the victims and the money will be directed to the Singapore Red Cross to support relief efforts in the Philippines.

But they had only one goal from Nazrul Ahmad Nazari - after great work from 21-year-old substitute winger Faris Ramli - to show for in the first half despite taking 16 shots.

Faris was at the heart of all the attacking moves that were good and repeatedly set up strikers Shahfiq Ghani and Sahil Suhaimi, only to be let down repeatedly by poor finishing.

However, the front two made amends with a goal each in the second half before Hafiz Abu Sujad, Iqbal Hussain and Madhu Mohana got in on the act.

After lacklustre displays against Hougang United and Cambodia in earlier friendlies, Aide's side finally showed signs of their potential yesterday, with passes clicking and some fine wing play.

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