Laos tune-up to boost Lions' confidence

Laos tune-up to boost Lions' confidence

Today, Bernd Stange's Singapore will play Laos for the second time in the space of four months.

According to the German, the choice of Laos was because the visitors would be of similar standard to the team he will field in the friendly at the Jalan Besar Stadium, as he looked ahead to Singapore's clash with Syria in their Group A Asian Cup qualifier next Tuesday.

"Initially I wanted a match in which to play our (reserve) players, so we couldn't play teams like Japan or Korea - we had to look for a team on a similar level as us," said Stange, on the sidelines of the national team's training session on Monday.

Singapore beat Laos 5-2 in a friendly in June in Stange's second game in charge. It followed a 2-0 win over Myanmar.

The 65-year-old then saw his team lose three games on the trot.

He said: "We have lost three matches in a row and cannot afford to lose another. We will use this match to build confidence before playing against Syria.

"I cannot imagine going on a run like Raddy (Avramovic) did."

Singapore's former coach Avramovic took over the reins of the national team in June 2003, and went on a nine-match losing streak for almost a year between October that year and September 2004, beating Indonesia 2-0 in a friendly to end the barren run.

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