Singapore will take on Palestine, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia in Group D.
The Singapore national football men’s team are currently in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to participate in Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Singapore are currently in third place, four points behind hosts Saudi Arabia and two points behind Uzbekistan. They have accrued seven points so far, after two wins, a draw and two losses in five games.
In their only friendly match before they head into the remaining three qualifiers, Singapore drew 1-1 against Afghanistan, who are six spots higher in the FIFA rankings. A Gabriel Quak goal in the first-half gave Singapore the lead, before Afghanistan equalised with a late goal.
The mood is evidently high in the Singapore camp, even though they are missing a few senior players.
Captain Hariss Harun, who recently left Malaysia champions Johor Darul Ta’zim to sign for local privatised club Lion City Sailors, withdrew from the squad on Monday (May 31) due to personal reasons. The Lions are also missing Ikhsan Fandi and Safuwan Baharudin due to injuries.
Nevertheless, coach Tatsuma Yoshida has set a target of four points from the remaining three games.
The Lions will take on Palestine first on Thursday (2am, Friday, Singapore time). They then take on Uzbekistan next on Monday (2am, Tuesday, SGT), before facing off with hosts Saudi Arabia on Friday (2am, Saturday, SGT) in the final Group D match.
All games will be broadcasted live on Channel 5 and Mediacorp’s MeWatch.
To progress into the next round of qualifiers, Singapore will have to finish among the top two in Group D. Up to five best second-placed teams will join the eight group winners in the third round.
The teams will also qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup in China.
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