SEA Games: U-23s in great shape

SEA Games: U-23s in great shape
Lions international Zulfahmi Arifin in action during the friendly match against Laos held at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

The final phase of preparations for Singapore's Under-23 football team kicked off on Wednesday, ahead of their South-east Asia (SEA) Games mission in Myanmar next month.

On a rainy evening at the Hougang Stadium, the team returned to training after two days of rest.

The U-23s have been drawn in Group A and open their campaign against Laos on Dec 8 in Naypyidaw.

Coach Aide Iskandar says the next 12 days will be spent fine-tuning, working on tactics and set-pieces and also reminding individual players of their responsibilities.

Barring any injuries, the 11 players slated to start against Laos will kick off the team's final tune-up, against the Philippines Under-23s, at Hougang Stadium on Sunday.

Said the 38-year-old: "Hopefully, the team put in another good performance.

"If nothing happens and there are no new injuries, I will field the best 11 available against the Philippines."

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