Saturday, March 3, 2012

FAS to review Singapore’s dismal 2014 World Cup Qualifier campaign

~ It was a dismal 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualfier campaign for Singapore (Photo courtesy of FAS)

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has announced that it will review the national team's performance in the recently concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Zone third-round qualifiers.

The Lions finished bottom of Group A, losing all six games, scoring just twice and conceding 20 goals.

They ended their campaign on a humiliating note after being thumped 1-7 by eventual group winners Iraq on Wednesday.

While FAS President Zainudin Nordin gave credit to the team for reaching the third round of the qualifiers, he admitted there is much room for improvement.

He said: "While the national team met our target of reaching the third round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Zone qualifiers for the second consecutive time, we agree that the players and coaches involved in the six World Cup Asian Zone Qualifying matches could have performed better.

"Like our fans, we are disappointed with the results and we agree that there is much room for improvement in the team's performances," he added.

On the bright side, the campaign has given opportunities for younger players such as Delwinder Singh and Firdaus Idros to gain international exposure.

He added: "We acknowledge that these qualifiers have provided an invaluable opportunity for many U-23 players to gain international exposure at the top level, and this is in line with our objective of rejuvenating the national team."

Zainudin confirmed that a review of the Lions' performance will be conducted while he thanked the fans for their support.

"Following the conclusion of the third round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Zone qualifiers, FAS will await the coach's report and analysis of the entire campaign."

"In line with our practice, the FAS ExCo and Council will subsequently review the post-tournament report and assess the team and coach's performances during the entire campaign before considering what action needs to be taken," he said.

He added: "We would like to thank our fans for their unwavering support for the team in the Lions' three home group matches, as well as the match against Malaysia whom we faced in the earlier round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Zone Qualifiers.

"We humbly seek their continued support which is vital for the growth and progress of the emerging young players."

FAS will announce the findings of the review and its decision in due course.

By Daniel Teo | Fit To Post Sports – Thu, Mar 1, 2012 11:04 PM SGT

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