SINGAPORE – Lions face fury and attack on Indonesia on Friday (November 9th) at the opening of the Asean Soccer Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup.
Singapore spokesman Harris Harun said on Thursday at a press conference at the prime minister: "Indonesia has very detailed and fast players. We respect them for what they are capable of, but something can happen at night.
"It will depend on how we are mentally and we are definitely excited, prepared and ready."
Lions and Garuda are in Group B together with defending Champions – Thailand, a Filipino team led by former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and an unknown number of Timor-Leste. The two top two teams in the round-robin group go to the semi-finals.
Indonesian coach Bima Sakti sped at the highest points in Kallang, saying: "We are small players, but we are fast wings. We want to win."
The 42-year-old also noted Singapore's improvement as Fandi Ahmad took May as a bread coach in May, winning three (2-0 in Fiji and Mongolia, 2-1 in Cambodia) and making one (1-1 against Mauritius) in international friends' games.
He said: "Now the Singapore team is stronger, they have a good player, especially the attacker (Ikhsan Fandi). They have a good organization and they are good at the transition (from defense to attack). We are ready for a tough game."
However, Lyon's interim coach Fandi Ahmad has promised players to battle, saying: "Indonesia is technically very strong. I like to watch it for one or two touches. We are delighted with this football style, but what we have is we make full use of it. Our motivation is very strong. "
Both countries have reached seven times in the AFF Cup, three times – the Lyon victory and two triumphs – Garuda. But Singapore has lost its last two AFF Cup matches with Indonesia, losing 0-1 and 1-2 groups respectively in the 2012 and 2016 tournaments.
The Liv Suzuki Cup home game tickets are available at www.sportshub.com.sg