Football: Full Hub for 2018 World Cup Qualifiers a 'weapon' for Lions, says Stange

Singapore's coach Bernd Stange standing in front of spectators at the Sports Hub.
Singapore's coach Bernd Stange standing in front of spectators at the Sports Hub. PHOTO: ST FILE

After an encouraging start to its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, the Singapore national football team is aiming to enjoy home advantage by playing its upcoming qualifiers at the Sports Hub.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced the decision yesterday. The Lions' next matches are against Afghanistan and Cambodia at the National Stadium on Oct 8 and 13 respectively. On Nov 12, they will host powerhouse Japan in a match that promises to light up Kallang.

National teams head coach Bernd Stange said: "We are excited to be playing our next home matches at the wonderful Sports Hub. It is a world-class stadium and we are looking forward to being able to play there.

"The team has been performing well in the past few matches, and I hope all Singaporeans will come down to support the boys who have been working incredibly hard. A full stadium of 55,000 cheering Singaporeans can be our secret weapon in these matches."

The Lions currently sit second in Group E on four points after three games, ahead of Japan on goal difference. Syria lead the group with six points from two games.

Tickets for the matches against Afghanistan and Cambodia will be on sale from 12pm today via Sports Hub Tix sales channels, with early bird prices valid from today until Sept 28.

Jeremy Lim

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2015, with the headline 'Full Hub a 'weapon' for Lions, says Stange'. Print Edition | Subscribe