Football: Is Stange the right man to lead the Lions?

Football: Is Stange the right man to lead the Lions?


Bernd Stange needs to go.

The Football Association of Singapore needs to bring back V Sundramoorthy to lead the national team, someone who understands the team better and who will make the Lions formidable once again.

I sat next to the Malaysian fans for the Singapore versus Malaysia game.

Never in all my years of watching local football (from the days when we ruled in the Malaysian Cup and the Suzuki Cup) have I felt the urge to get out of the stadium.

It was embarrassing to see the Lions waste chance after chance, free-kick after free-kick.

Malaysia took the game to us and made us suffer. The Lions had no experience, no drive, no passion.

- Harvinderjit Singh


I feel it is myopic to blame the national coach Bernd Stange for the failure of the Lions.

There are many factors, in my opinion, that caused this decline.

First of all, he is right to say that there is a lack of proper football facilities in Singapore. The Geylang training pitch is one prime example.

Our S.League clubs do not have enough sponsorship and funds to make the competition more exciting, unlike Japan, where local businesses and companies invest their monies into J-League clubs.

I feel the participation of the LionsXII in the Malaysian Super League benefits only Malaysia and not Singapore.

A 3-1 defeat by Malaysia should be used as a platform to rebuild our national team.

Stange's home nation, Germany, used the 5-1 defeat by England in a 2001 World Cup qualifier to build the foundations for their team to win the World Cup this year.

It took more than 13 years to achieve that and it started with developing young players. Singapore fans must be patient and get behind the national team.

- Sivaram

This article was first published on Dec 2, 2014.
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