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Football: Lions coach Stange gives up hope of reaching 2015 Asian Cup finals

Published on Feb 3, 2014 1:40 PM
 
Singapore's national team coach Bernd Stange. Stange on Monday conceded that Singapore's hopes of reaching the 2015 AFC Asian Cup finals are all but over. -- NP FILE PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

National football coach Bernd Stange on Monday conceded that Singapore's hopes of reaching the 2015 AFC Asian Cup finals are all but over.

"Nobody can catch Oman and Jordan in this group - they are too good," the German, 65, said.

The Lions play their penultimate Group A qualifier against Jordan at the Jalan Besar Stadium tomorrow. Their final fixture is a trip to leaders Oman on March 5.

For the Lions - ranked 149th in the world - anything less than victory over the 72nd-ranked Jordanians will effectively end their hopes of reaching next year's finals in Australia. Singapore are bottom of the group with three points while Jordan are in second place with six.

 
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