Bernd Stange, the German who was on Wednesday appointed the new coach of the Singapore national football team, is confident he can lead the Lions to glory.
At his unveiling at the Football Association of Singapore's (FAS) headquarters at Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday evening, the 65-year-old, who signed a two-year contract with the option of a two-year extension, said: "The post of national team head coach is always a challenging one for any coach - more so in a country like Singapore where football is the No. 1 sport and whose national team are now champions of the region.
"I am deeply honoured to have been appointed from a pool of more than 100 qualified candidates. It was a rigorous process which enabled both FAS and I to have a clear understanding of each other's objectives and goals, and I am both impressed and motivated by the professionalism, vision and footballing goals of the FAS.
"While I recognise that the task ahead will not be easy, I am confident and I believe my experience at the international level and contacts in the game will be an asset to Singapore football.
"I understand the constraints and challenges faced by the national sports associations in Singapore, including FAS, and I urge all stakeholders to support us and work together as a team as we strive to optimise our resources and maximise our success.
"I am looking forward with excitement to playing a role to further develop football in this beautiful country."