Give Lions a chance: Edwin Tong

Ex-FAS vice-president defends Singapore, harbours huge hopes for 2034 World Cup

Singapore coach Tatsuma Yoshida, seen instructing the Lions in a training session, has been lauded by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong for his work in leading the national football team. Since taking over in June last year, Yoshid
Singapore coach Tatsuma Yoshida, seen instructing the Lions in a training session, has been lauded by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong for his work in leading the national football team. Since taking over in June last year, Yoshida has led Singapore to three victories in nine games.ST FILE PHOTO

Do not tell Mr Edwin Tong that the Lions are "rubbish", for it is a comment that the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth has heard many times during his previous tenure as vice-president of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

"I get very upset actually when they tell me the Lions are rubbish, and I always challenge them to go and watch the games," he said of the world's 158th-ranked team.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2020, with the headline 'Give Lions a chance: Edwin Tong'. Print Edition | Subscribe