SINGAPORE: Fandi Ahmad's Lions will not merely sit back and defend, despite being up against a "special" Indonesia side, said the Singapore head coach on Thursday (Nov 8).Speaking to the media at a pre-match conference at the Singapore Sports Hub, Fandi said that the Lions’ opponents pose a serious threat, especially with their pace, but vowed that Singapore will take a balanced approach to the fixture.Four-time ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup champions Singapore begin their campaign with a home tie against Indonesia on Friday.They also have fixtures away to the Philippines, now managed by former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson, and reigning champions Thailand, as well as a second home game against minnows Timor-Leste on Nov 21. "Indonesia is special, different from the previous years I’ve seen - they are very dangerous on the break and they have many, many nippy players," said Fandi, who during his playing career featured for Indonesian … [Read more...] about Football: Indonesia a ‘special’ team but Singapore will not sit back in Suzuki Cup tie, says Fandi
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The Philippine men's national football team is taking a new route, as Terry Butcher formally assumed the head-coaching job on Thursday night. Butcher, a tough defender during his international career for England before embarking on a coaching career that took him to Scotland and Australia, has been tasked to steer the national team that will compete in the AFC Asian Cup for the first time next year. Also appointed to assist the England native, also a football media commentator, is Scott Cooper, an Irish former coach designated as senior adviser of the Azkals by team manager Dan Palami. Wanting to strengthen not only the players’ roster but the back room staff as well, Palami believes the duo’s knowledge and experience will come in handy as the Azkals prepare for major tournaments in the next 7 months. Butcher, who played 77 matches for England over 10 years that was highlighted by 3 World Cup stints, last coached for English League Two side Newport County in 2015. In … [Read more...] about News Football: New Azkals coach Terry Butcher on task at hand — ‘Let’s make it fun’
It appears that transport officials, for one reason or another, had a change of heart in adopting a transport mode, which for a while they were pushing Congress to approve as they found it then as an immediate and cost effective solution to Metro Manila’s traffic problems. The complete turnaround by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) regarding its interest in setting up the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system reportedly baffled lawmakers to whom this concept was aggressively presented and successfully justified not long ago. Instead, the DOTr is now reportedly pushing for a rail project, which many have opined to be a lot more expensive. Before the reported withdrawal of the DOTR, two BRT projects have been lined up in Metro Manila, with Line 1, which was suppose to run from the Quezon Memorial Circle to Manila City Hall via Quezon Avenue and España Boulevard and Line 2 that was to run the length of EDSA. The congressmen who were convinced by the DOTr to have the … [Read more...] about Is it or is it not good?
SINGAPORE - Former national captain Fandi Ahmad has been named the Lions' coach until the end of the year by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS). The announcement was made at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday (May 15) by FAS president Lim Kia Tong and vice-president Edwin Tong. "The FAS council takes a long-term vision and plan for the national team. The Lions have to excite fans and ignite the nation each time they are stepping on to the turf," said Lim. "We are looking at the matter holistically and we do not want to rush the appointment. We want the next coach to take the national team to the level we desire. "We are also aware that this is a crucial year for the Lions, with Singapore playing Indonesia (in the AFF Cup) in the opening game on Nov 9. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce Fandi Ahmad as the national coach for the AFF Cup." Fandi, who will turn 56 on May 29, succeeds V. Sundramorthy, who stepped down after almost two years in charge on April 9. A former … [Read more...] about Football: Fandi Ahmad named interim national coach
Nicknamed the Azkals -- slang for mongrel dogs -- the Philippines qualified for the Asian Cup with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Tajikistan in Manila in an emotional game on Tuesday night. "When there's success in any sport people would talk about it and the most we can do is bring football as much success," Azkals captain Phil Younghusband, a former Chelsea youth player, told AFP. "Hopefully this will be the catalyst for the growth of Philippine football," he added. "Maybe the lack of success in the last eight years has slowed down the growth." The Philippines had been a bit-player on the Asian stage but turned heads by reaching the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup semi-finals. The victory sparked interest in football in the Philippines, a nation that treats basketball almost as a religion. Tuesday's game began with a goalless opening half but Kevin Ingreso later … [Read more...] about Asian Cup berth ‘catalyst’ to grow Filipino football: captain