Four years removed from their most recent AFF title win, the Lions have struggled to recreate similar results and recently are perhaps best known for their dramatic June 2015 scoreless draw against Japan at Saitama Stadium. V. Sundramoorthy’s squad contained 13 players who participated in the 2014 edition.
Reduced to 10 men in their first half of their opener against Philippines, Singapore successfully rallied around players such as all-time appearance leader Daniel Bennett to salvage a point from a scoreless draw, suggesting that they should not be discounted so quickly. A heartbreaking last-minute loss to Thailand in their second match also indicated potential.
Striker Khairul Amri gave his side the lead against Indonesia in the 27th minute of play at Rizal Memorial Stadium, but Singapore were simply not up to the task of holding the line and would allow two goals in the second half, ending their quest for a fifth regional title.
Of the many fingers sure to be pointed in the wake of their exit, one problem Singapore are sure to examine closely is their lack of an ace striker – their one goal marks the fewest they have scored in Suzuki Cup history.