SEA Games: Indonesia joust hardly a friendly

SEA Games: Indonesia joust hardly a friendly
Coach V. Sundramoorthy at Geylang Field

SINGAPORE - It may be officially listed as a friendly, but the Republic's Under-23 side face their Indonesian counterparts on Saturday in what has turned out to be a critical fixture.

The result will almost certainly decide if the team get the nod from the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) to play at this year's South-east Asia (SEA) Games.

But coach V Sundramoorthy - his squad will assemble for the first time for the mission this evening - is not losing any sleep.

"Having played them in Indonesia last month, we know they're a strong team," said Sundram.

"We will try to make use of this opportunity to make sure that we are allowed to go to the SEA Games, but what I'm looking for from my players is a consistently good performance throughout the 90 minutes."

Most of Sundram's Under-23 side will come from the LionsXII team he coached - five players in the title-winning team were over the age of 23 - that stormed to victory in the 2013 Malaysian Super League (MSL).

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