Singapore U22 head coach Richard Tardy spent the whole training day urging his players to keep focused on every game at 2017 SEA Games, which takes place this week.
As reported by Today Online, players who made mistakes during the one-and-a-half- hour-long training session on Saturday were immediately rewarded with a frustrated shout of “wake up” or “come on, do better!” directed at them.
“We can play a very good game one day, and play very badly the next,” he lamented. “Our problems with consistency are still there … and we’ve faced this issue on many occasions.
“This inconsistency is because the majority of the players here are still very young. The average age of this squad is about 20 years old, which makes us one of the younger teams at this SEA Games. We need to push them, but the problem is sometimes these young players forget what it takes to perform at a high level … which is to prepare well and fight hard.”
The Young Lions will face hosts Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar and Brunei during the group stages of the SEA Games football competition.
Richard Tardy’s side will kick off their SEA Games campaign against Myanmar at Selayang Stadium on Monday afternoon.