SINGAPORE: Singapore has been drawn with Oman, Palestine and Tajikistan in Group C for next month's Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The Republic is ranked 152 in the world, while its opponents are all ranked higher in the FIFA rankings.
Oman's national team is ranked 67th in the world while Palestine and Tajikistan are 88th and 120th respectively. Twenty-nine countries are competing in the football competition at the Asiad, with the top two countries from each of the eight groups proceeding to the round-of-16 knockout stages.
Each team is allowed to field three over-age players for the Under-23 tournament. Head Coach Bernd Stange will be leading Singapore and will be assisted by Courts Young Lions head coach Aide Iskandar.
Stange admits it is a challenging draw and Oman are the favourites to go through. The Singapore coach is using the Asian Games for the long-term development of younger players and hopes his charges do enough to progress to the next round.
At the 2010 Asian Games, Singapore finished bottom of its four-country group after drawing 0-0 with Qatar and losing 0-2 and 1-4 to Kuwait and India respectively. The Football Association of Singapore will be unveiling its 25-strong squad for the Asian Games next week. - CNA/by
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