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Yoshida's iron fist a right step towards roaring success for Lions

His English may still be patchy as he continues to rely on a translator. But by dropping first-choice left-back Shakir Hamzah, Lions coach Tatsuma Yoshida has sent out a clear message: Indiscipline will not be tolerated as he rebuilds the national football team.

Ever since his appointment in May, the 45-year-old Japanese has appeared gentle and genial, gradually winning over sceptics as he imparts a higher-tempo, attacking brand of football, even against strong opponents.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2019, with the headline 'Yoshida's iron fist a right step towards roaring success for Lions'. Print Edition | Subscribe