Singapore coach Stange signs contract extension

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14:  Belarus manager Bernd Stange looks on prior to the FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifying Group 6 match between England and Belarus at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

national team coach has been awarded a new seven-month contract extension until April 15, 2016, as the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced on Friday.

The 67-year-old has recorded decent results in the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers recently, which dismissed the heavy criticism following the Lions’ disappointing group stage exit from the AFF Suzuki Cup as defending champions last November.

“I’ve always emphasised my desire to remain and lead the national team through the qualifying campaign and I deeply appreciate the level of trust and confidence (the FAS) have in me. Their support has been amazing and I will continue to do my best for Singapore,” said the German tactician.

“It has been a positive campaign for us and our performances in the first three matches – all of which were played away – have given us confidence that we could qualify for the Asian Cup 2019.”

Singapore currently sit in third place in their group stage of qualifying campaign with four points and will face Afghanistan in the next game at the National Stadium on October 8.