Home zoom in on cup final

Home zoom in on cup final

They are the most successful team in the Singapore Cup and are on the verge of making it three titles in four years.

They also have two seasoned Cup veterans in Shahril Jantan and Noh Rahman, who have six Singapore Cup triumphs between them.

But Home United coach Lee Lim Saeng isn't taking anything for granted ahead of the Nov 7 final against Balestier Khalsa at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

"We know that Balestier are one of the more respectable teams who play together. They will give us trouble, but we will attack and defend as a team," said the South Korean.

"We will play with determination to attack and shoot at every opportunity. I know my players will always give everything against our opponents."

Lee, who is on the verge of making it a hat-trick of Singapore Cups after successes in 2011 and 2013, was more concerned with what lies ahead for the Protectors after the final.


He said: "It's more important to the team than to me. We must showcase to everyone our strength as a team.

"Winning means Home can play in another international tournament and Singapore football needs to be showcased at such a level."

With one eye firmly on the final, Home took their foot off the pedal in the league, losing 1-0 to Tampines before succumbing 3-2 to table-toppers Warriors FC in their last two matches.

The consecutive defeats saw them slip out of the title race, leaving them with only the Cup to fight for.

But Lee is unperturbed.

"Winning the cup will not only be for us, but it will also be for all the fans of Home.

"Both teams desire to take home the Cup. Fans will be treated to an entertaining and exciting football match, and that's why we want to retain the title."

Sharing that sentiment is goalkeeper Shahril.

The 34-year-old is hunting for his fifth Singapore Cup winners' medal.

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