3 red cards. 14 goals conceded. 1 more Singapore football disaster

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Singapore’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U19 qualifiers ended after an embarassing 4-2 defeat to Mongolia on 8 November in Ulaanbataar.Even though Singapore took the lead 2-0 Mongolia fought back to win 4-2.

Singapore also had two players sent off in the last ten minutes of the match, with a third sent off after the final whistle was blown, according to the AFC website.

It was the final group match and both team had already been eliminated.

Singapore’s national under-18 coach Christophe Chaintreuill said after the match that he was disappointed.

“I’m disappointed. We were okay as we were leading 2-0. But we gave a chance to our opponents to come back and win the game.

“Actually, we had good opportunities to make it 3-1.

We didn’t score and lost control in the second half.”

He also apologised for the players’ lack of discipline towards the end of the match which saw Nur Adam, Gerald Joseph Ting Yen Hong and Muhammad Saifullah Muhammad Akbar red-carded.

“I’m sorry for the last few minutes,” said the Frenchman.

“It’s not the attitude we want to show on the pitch. We couldn’t control our emotion and were nervous at end of the game.”

Singapore lost 3-1 to Thailand and 7-0 to Japan in their earlier matches. The matches were played in icy cold weather as the mercury hovered around zero to one degree Celsius in the capital of Mongolia.

While Singapore was eliminated, regional neighbours Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and hosts Indonesia will compete in the finals to be held next year.

This article first appeared on The Monitor

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    “Singapore lost 3-1 to Thailand and 7-0 to Japan in their earlier matches. The matches were played in icy cold weather as the mercury hovered around zero to one degree Celsius in the capital of Mongolia.”

    We could blame the weather, but although my Geography never score A1, I still know that Thailand doesn’t have icy-cold weather too. Anyway normal weather back on home ground also lose, so…

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    Time to bring in fresh n New officials to re-vamp the whole FAS STRUCTURE…
    Throw out all the coaches who have not shown Results…brings in Professional coaches from aboard…after all you still need to pay…so pay more to get quality results…
    Back to the Basics…re-think and re-group the youth and nurture them to become semi- professional first…
    Look for ideas to win back the Crowd support like in the 60’s
    Invite people who are interested and have knowledge of soccer great success…during QKim Song…Majid Ariff …Rajagopal ..Mohmad Noh..Samad A…just to name a few ..
    The older generation have ideas ….talk to us …