Football: Singapore's Asian Games nomination hopes dealt a blow after 2-0 loss to Myanmar

Singapore’s U-23 team coach Fandi Ahmad at a training session in Bishan Stadium on June 19, 2018. Although Fandi Ahmad's men enjoyed home advantage, it was the visitors who were more incisive in attack.
Singapore’s U-23 team coach Fandi Ahmad at a training session in Bishan Stadium on June 19, 2018. Although Fandi Ahmad's men enjoyed home advantage, it was the visitors who were more incisive in attack.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - The national Under-23 football team's hopes of being nominated to compete at August's Asian Games were dealt another blow when it lost2-0 to their Myanmar counterparts on Wednesday evening (June 20).

Although Fandi Ahmad's men enjoyed home advantage, playing at the Bishan Stadium, it was the visitors coached by Myo Hlaing Win who were more incisive in attack.

Myanmar forward Win Naing Tun put his team ahead in the 40th minute with a show of individual brilliance as he turned two defenders inside the box before smashing a shot into the top corner.

Win then orchestrated the second goal when he started the move that lead to midfielder Ye Yint Aung to nod home a downward header at the far post in the 62nd minute.

Singapore were unable to craft any clear chances and had to rely on long-range shots, which did not threaten the Myanmar goal.

The defeat has dampened Singapore U-23s' hopes of competing in the Aug 18-Sept 2 Asiad in Indonesia.

Football was left out when the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) announced a 246-strong Team Singapore contingent for the quadrennial Games late last month.

National sports associations had up till last Friday to submit their appeals, which must be accompanied by fresh results, although an SNOC spokesman previously told the media that it would "consider extending the deadline" for competitions after that date.

Singapore has to submit its entries (by name) to the Indonesian organisers by June 30.

The Republic finished third, behind Palestine and Tajikistan, in their group at the 2014 Asiad in Incheon and did not advance to the knockout rounds.