The Straits Times
Published on Dec 18, 2012

AFF Suzuki Cup final: Singapore and Thailand chase history


A PIECE of Asean Football Federation Cup history is at stake, with Singapore and Thailand vying to be the first four-time winners of the competition.

With so much at stake, it was no surprise that coaches Raddy Avramovic and Winfried Schaefer gave little away ahead of Wednesday's first leg showdown at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

"Thailand are a very well-organised team who fully deserve to be in the final," Lions coach Avramovic said at Tuesday's pre-match press conference held at the Amara Hotel.

Schaefer's side are the only team yet to taste defeat at this year's tournament, with stars like goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan, playmaker Datsakorn Thonglao and striker Teerasil Dangda all impressing.

But the German coach denied that the Thais go into the two-legged final as favourites, saying: "Singapore has very good players and we have to concentrate from the first minute to the last."

The return leg will be played in Bangkok on Saturday.

Tickets for Wednesday's match at Jalan Besar are sold out. The match kicks off at 8pm and will be screened live on MediaCorp Ch 5 and ESPN Star Sports.