Striking while it's hot, S'pore footballers set sights on Laos

Striking while it's hot, S'pore footballers set sights on Laos
Singapore football team trains a day ahead of their opening match against Laos in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Dec 7, 2013.

SINGAPORE- Misfiring a few weeks ago, Singapore's attackers seem to have re-discovered their scoring touch and are brimming with confidence too.

Striker Sahil Suhaimi has even set himself a lofty personal goal ahead of tonight's SEA Games football opener against Laos - outscoring strike partner Shahfiq Ghani at the tournament.

"Shahfiq said he wants five goals so I'd like maybe one or two more than him," the 21-year-old told The Sunday Times yesterday.

The Courts Young Lions player is in high spirits and rightly so.

He hit the target once and set up two more in a 6-0 friendly thumping of the Philippines Under-23 side at Hougang Stadium last week.

That was the final tune-up before launching their bid for a first football gold at the biennial Games.

According to coach Aide Iskandar, the morale-boosting win has revitalised the team, who found the net just once in their previous two friendlies.

"It showed the boys that the potential for goals is there, but I also reminded them not to get complacent because the pressure and intensity will be different against Laos," said the former national captain.

The tactician also had some bad news for defender Raihan Rahman and striker Syafiq Zainal, who did not make the final 20-man squad registered last night. The duo are expected to return home tomorrow.

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