Football: Lions coach Bernd Stange cautious of Malaysia ahead of crucial AFF Cup match

Singapore coach Bernd Stange (right) and Malaysia coach Dollah Salleh at an AFF Suzuki Cup press conference on Nov 28, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI 
Singapore coach Bernd Stange (right) and Malaysia coach Dollah Salleh at an AFF Suzuki Cup press conference on Nov 28, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI 

Although boosted by a 4-2 win over Myanmar on Wednesday, Singapore coach Bernd Stange is not taking Malaysia lightly as the arch-rivals prepare to meet tomorrow in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup Group B finale.

With the 55,000 National Stadium expected to be close to capacity, and the Tigers still reeling from a last-minute 3-2 defeat by Thailand, Stange believes Malaysia will pose a serious danger as both countries face each other in a winner-takes-all match , with a spot in the semi-finals awaiting the victor.

"You'll never know what will happen in football," said the Lions coach, whose side need only a draw if Myanmar fail to beat Thailand.

"Malaysia is a wounded animal. That's why they are extremely dangerous."

Singapore will be without two key players - suspended defender Baihakki Khaizan and midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman, who is out of the tournament with a fractured leg.

Stange is keeping his cards close to his chest and will not name the replacements until after training on Friday evening.

Only a win will do for Malaysia and Tigers coach Dollah Salleh hopes his men can upset the hosts at Kallang.

He said: "We desperately need a win. I hope the team will try to give something to the Malaysians."