Singapore handed favourable draw for football; avoids fancied Malaysia and Vietnam

Singapore will first need to get past Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Philippines in order to realise its hopes of a first SEA Games football title.

The Republic, seeded in Group A as hosts of the biennial Games from June 5-16, was drawn with the four countries during the official team draw ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

Defending champions Thailand are seeded in Group B, with Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei and Timor Leste.

Former national skipper Aide Iskandar, who will take charge of the Under-23s at the SEA Games, was pleased with the make-up of Singapore's group.

He said: "We are happy with the draw. Group B looks tougher. However, we cannot underestimate any opponent. We'll take it one game at a time, and definitely working very hard."

The team draw was also conducted for volleyball and water polo.

Water polo (men's):

M1: Singapore

M2: Indonesia

M3: Thailand

M4: Philippines

M5: Malaysia

Water polo (women's):

W1: Indonesia

W2: Philippines

W3: Thailand

W4: Malaysia

W5: Singapore

Volleyball (men's):

A1: Thailand

A2: Malaysia

A3: Philippines

A4: Myanmar

B1: Cambodia

B2: Vietnam

B3: Indonesia

B4: Singapore

Volleyball (women's):

A1: Singapore

A2: Thailand

A3: Myanmar

B1: Vietnam

B2: Indonesia

B3: Philippines

B4: Malaysia

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