The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup may be four months away, but Singapore coach V. Sundram Moorthy is leaving no stone unturned in his preparations for the biennial regional tournament.
Sundram has been working hard to prepare the National Team well – while there are no official FIFA dates for the month of July, the 50-year-old has assembled a 25-strong squad that will travel away to play four matches.
The National Team will be travelling to Niigata, Japan from 18-26 July where they will play J.League outfit Albirex Niigata FC on 24 July, while details of another two matches will be announced at a later date. They will then be in Phnom Penh to play an international “A” friendly against Cambodia on 28 July.
In preparation for the training tour, the players involved began centralised training in Singapore yesterday with double training sessions planned on each day. While it may seem like a pretty gruelling schedule, the players impressed with their professionalism and went through their tasks diligently on Monday evening at the Geylang Training Field.
Sundram was ably assisted by fitness coach Balder Berckmans, goalkeeper coach Frederic de Boever as well as FAS staff coach Fandi Ahmad as the team went through a series of passing and tactical drills over a two-hour long training session.
Spirits were high in the Lions camp with uncapped players like Syazwan Buhari and Abdil Qaiyyim easily settling into the thick of things, while attackers like Gabriel Quak, Sahil Suhaimi and Khairul Amri looked particularly sharp when practising their finishing.