Soccer followers dissatisfied with Lions efficiency at AFF Mitsubishi Electrical Cup

SINGAPORE — Native soccer followers are up in arms, voicing their displeasure on the Singapore nationwide soccer workforce’s efficiency within the current AFF Mitsubishi Electrical Cup, the place the workforce was eradicated from Group B and did not advance to the semi-finals.

The Lions received 3-2 and 2-0 in opposition to Myanmar and Laos, respectively, earlier than they held Vietnam to a draw. Of their closing group match, they went down 4-1 to Malaysia and ended the match in third place behind Vietnam and Malaysia.

After their match in opposition to Malaysia, the Soccer Affiliation of Singapore (FAS) posted a thanks message to the followers who had returned to the Bukit Jalil Nationwide Stadium.

“Thanks to all of the followers who confirmed up final night time and everybody who supported the Lions on this AFF Championship marketing campaign – it was a disappointing consequence and we’ve got to come back again higher,” mentioned FAS on their Fb.

The thread has since attracted practically a thousand feedback, and plenty of have expressed attention-grabbing ideas and opinions on Singapore soccer and the Singapore nationwide workforce head coach Takayuki Nishigaya.

One netizen, Andrew Low, mentioned that he had been studying up on Nishigaya’s teaching profile earlier than he was employed because the Lions’ head coach.

“Plainly he has no worldwide expertise in being a coach of a senior workforce. Actually, he has by no means coached a senior workforce in any prime or nationwide league. He additionally doesn’t appear to have received something with any workforce he was concerned in. His greatest achievement appears to be teaching third division SC Sagamihara to ninth place, amongst 17 groups,” mentioned Loh.

“The vast majority of his time in teaching is devoted to teaching youth and college groups, equivalent to being the top coach of third division Matsumoto Yamaga’s under-18 workforce, and being assistant coach to others. And his complete expertise as a Head Coach of an grownup workforce is 3 years, teaching second division Mito Hollyhock, and third division SC Sagamihara?”

“The resume mentions no trophies, or titles he has received with any of the golf equipment he was concerned in. None. Perhaps I’m lacking one thing, however can anybody fill me in on why the FAS selected him as the top coach for Singapore?”

A Malaysian, Naqib Ruslan determined to hitch within the dialog and shared, “Sincere opinion from a Malaysian, you guys get the coach improper. Who would rent a J3 coach for a nationwide workforce?”

“Didn’t have a clue what he was doing. Singapore was a really match facet, that was your robust level. Even Duric time he was 38. However nonetheless fitter than our Malaysian participant. Now most gamers regarded undersized, apart from the Fandi brothers.”

One other soccer fan, Kenny Poh feels that it’s high quality to be defensive, however he simply couldn’t settle for the truth that gamers had been dropping ball possession too simply.

“In case you are set as much as play defensively, you play defensively, it’s not a disgrace to do this particularly once you don’t have the attacking gamers out there! So what went improper? Gifting away the ball cheaply in your individual half, by taking part in awful half hearted brief passes like you are attempting to string one by means of into the opponent’s penalty field if you end up really nearer you personal, and permit your opponent to repossess and mount a counter that near your individual penalty field,” shared Poh.

“Whenever you need to play defensively, do it correctly! Shut down your opponent, be extra bodily and pump the ball out of hazard! Whenever you should not have sufficient expertise, cease exhibiting off these brief defence splitting passes when you may’t do it. Move to get out of hazard, to not create hazard for yourselves!” expressed Poh similar to a real soccer fan.

‘Parry Lim Kopi’ introduced up a superb level. A succession plan within the soccer system, and he hopes that FAS reads the feedback by the soccer followers because it reveals that there are nonetheless native followers that care. That’s the reason they nonetheless take time to voice out their opinion, though at instances, the reality might harm.

“There isn’t a dressing room spirit. We had Fandi/Nazri handed all the way down to Raffi Ali, Aide Iskandar, who handed it all the way down to Indra, Noh Rahman, who then handed it all the way down to Sharil Ishak / Isa Halim. It’s ultimately now handed all the way down to Safuwan and Hariss. However who can we cross it to? There isn’t a management transition,” expressed ‘Parry Lim Kopi.’

“And I hope FAS can take a tough take a look at the state of the workforce and league. In case you learn the feedback, there are nonetheless many followers who care, many might criticise however that’s as a result of they care. In case you guys aren’t cautious, in the future the followers received’t even hassle visiting the pages to remark. That’s when it’s too late. Put money into a superb coach. The Korean coach at LCS is an effective instance, they punched above their weight within the ACL. That’s what funding does for you.”

The Lions have received 4 AFF Championship titles. Their first in 1998, successful it below Barry Whitebread with a solitary objective by R. Sasikumar in opposition to Vietnam. Singapore then loved three titles with former nationwide workforce coach Radojko Avramovic, in 2004, 2007, and 2012.

Since then, the furthest they’ve gone within the match was the semi-finals after they hosted it in 2020. They held a 1-1 draw with Indonesia within the first leg, and the second leg ended 2-2. The Indonesians superior to the finals as they added two extra targets in additional time, successful 5-3 on mixture.

Again to the present competitors in 2022. Singapore’s nationwide soccer workforce, quantity 160 within the FIFA world rating, didn’t have the most effective preparation as they confronted misfortunes even earlier than their first match in opposition to Myanmar on 24 December.

The FAS confirmed that the workforce can be with out key striker Ikhsan Fandi and skilled midfielder Adam Swandi on account of a knee harm sustained in a pleasant match in opposition to Maldives days earlier than the beginning of the regional match.

Regardless of the setback, Ilhan Fandi (pictured under), Shah Shahiran, and Shawal Anuar scored a objective every for the Lions to choose up precious factors of their opening match 3-2 win in opposition to Myanmar on the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Photograph: Soccer Affiliation of Singapore

Though Singapore maintained its good file of their second match, the workforce struggled to seek out the again of the web of their 2-0 win in opposition to Laos, ranked 187 on the planet. Irfan Fandi netted within the first half and Shawal Anuar added the Lions’ second through the second-half harm time.

Again to their homeground within the third match, the Lions went on the defensive in opposition to match favorite Vietnam and managed to carry out for a treasured goalless draw. However Singapore misplaced one other key participant within the match as Ilhan stumbled to the bottom clutching his thigh mid-way by means of the primary half and was later changed earlier than half-time.

Heading into the ultimate Group B match in opposition to Malaysia, Singapore sat firmly in second place on seven factors with leaders Vietnam. The Lions solely must keep away from a defeat in opposition to Malaysia, which is in third place with six factors.

However the Malayan Tigers had different concepts as they got here out on the offensive from the get-go on the Bukit Jalil Stadium, successful 4-1 in opposition to the bewildered Lions. Faris Ramli was the scorer for the guests.

The final time Singapore suffered a heavy defeat to arch-rival Malaysia within the AFF Championship was in 2002 when former technical director Jan Poulsen was on the helm. The workforce misplaced 4-0 to Malaysia of their first match. He was sacked after the match on account of poor outcomes because the Lions did not advance from the group stage.


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