Pitch perfect

Pitch perfect

He has repeatedly called for "world-class" surfaces on which he hopes to mould the Lions into a one-touch, pass-and-move team.

It is a revolution he insists is hindered by uneven football pitches that send the ball bouncing up to players' knees and chests.

In a move that will come as music to the ears of national coach Bernd Stange, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) has revealed that the Lions' training facility at Geylang Lorong 12 will finally get a facelift.

The thinning plastic surface at the Jalan Besar Stadium is also set for resurfacing.

"To better support the Lions' training requirements through the Sports Facilities Master Plan, the Geylang field will be refurbished in consultation with Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and national coach Bernd Stange," said Lim Hong Khiang, deputy chief of the SSC's sports facilities group.

The FAS currently has exclusive use of the field at Geylang, with the national team alternating between that facility and the artificial turf at Jalan Besar.

SHODDY FACILITY

The New Paper reported in September that the SSC was deciding between refurbishing the shoddy facility at Geylang and setting up a new internationalstandard training facility.

Currently, the Geylang field has a cramped changing room on one end of its bumpy field and a container that serves as a meeting room at the other. Having decided to give Geylang a makeover, the SSC has planned for works to start early next year.

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