Singapore are optimistic about their chances in the friendly match against world-class Lionel Messi and his team-mates.
The friendly match against World Cup runners-up Argentina on June 13 has been the Lions’ highest-profile international fixture to date.
Despite the gulf in quality between the two teams, Singapore’s head coach V. Sundramoorthy has good reason to be confident about his team’s prospect.
“It’s going to be a tough game, but definitely the boys will keep their heads up and fight till the final whistle. We are all mentally prepared and motivated to face a big team like Argentina, and I believe it is good exposure for the players,” the former Singapore international footballer pledged during Friday’s media conference, as quoted by Today Online.
On the other hand, Lions vice-captain Hariss Harun believed that playing against quality opposition will only help to improve the standard of the national team.
“The higher the quality of opposition we play, the better for the national team. Yes, we might concede a few goals, we might play a bad game, but overall, it will still be a learning experience for us. If we can play this kind of opposition on a regular basis, I’m sure it’ll be good for Singapore football as a whole,” Harun said.
The Lions will take on another friendly match against Myanmar next Tuesday, before facing Taiwan four days later in a crucial AFC Asian Cup qualifier.