Football: Fandi Ahmad upbeat about Lions preparations ahead of Suzuki Cup

Fandi Ahmad conducting a football clinic for 20 disadvantaged children organised by DHL Express on Aug 5, 2018.
Fandi Ahmad conducting a football clinic for 20 disadvantaged children organised by DHL Express on Aug 5, 2018.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Fandi Ahmad conducting a football clinic for 20 disadvantaged children organised by DHL Express on Aug 5, 2018.
Fandi Ahmad conducting a football clinic for 20 disadvantaged children organised by DHL Express on Aug 5, 2018.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Ms Tan Bee Heong, general manager of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, receiving a cheque from Mr Ken Lee, chief executive of DHL Express Asia Pacific.
Ms Tan Bee Heong, general manager of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, receiving a cheque from Mr Ken Lee, chief executive of DHL Express Asia Pacific.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Fandi Ahmad (third from left) and former Manchester United player Wes Brown (fifth from left) at coaching clinic for 20 disadvantaged children organised by DHL Express on Aug 5, 2018.
Fandi Ahmad (third from left) and former Manchester United player Wes Brown (fifth from left) at coaching clinic for 20 disadvantaged children organised by DHL Express on Aug 5, 2018.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Ikhsan Fandi Ahmad and some beneficiaries of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund at a football clinic for 20 disadvantaged children organised by DHL Express on Aug 5, 2018.
Ikhsan Fandi Ahmad and some beneficiaries of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund at a football clinic for 20 disadvantaged children organised by DHL Express on Aug 5, 2018.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Former Manchester United player Wes Brown giving a motivational talk to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund beneficiaries.
Former Manchester United player Wes Brown giving a motivational talk to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund beneficiaries.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - Sounding more like exotic holiday locations than elite football nations, Mauritius, Fiji, Mongolia and Cambodia are not exactly the kind of teams that will get Singapore fans in a tizzy.

But they will be the Lions' next four opponents in friendly matches ahead of November's Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup. And interim national coach Fandi Ahmad believes these sparring partners will provide a realistic simulation of what his team can expect when the tournament starts.

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