Football: 'We will beat Hong Kong'

Football: 'We will beat Hong Kong'

Out-muscled and out-witted, Bernd Stange's Lions were completely out-classed in last Friday's international friendly against China, the 6-1 scoreline emphasising just how far behind Singapore are in world football.

Just four days after being torn apart in Tianjin, Singapore line up against Hong Kong, a country ranked 144th in Fifa's world rankings, 11 places above the Lions.

And Stange promises victory.

"We cannot compare ourselves with giants like China, Japan and South Korea, but we will beat Hong Kong," Stange told The New Paper in a phone interview from Hong Kong.

"Even though we don't have much info on Hong Kong except that they have a few players coming in from China, we are going to win... We can expect more power and punch from the players than we saw against China."

Admitting that his charges were slower in both mind and flesh than their Chinese counterparts, Stange called for patience, asserting that his long-term target of climbing up the rankings takes more work.

"Fans want results, and I do feel the pressure, because I don't want to break my promise," said the German, who is adamant on a quick-passing and possession-based style.

"We still lack quality (in the team), and that's why I keep singing the same song - that we need time."

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