Saturday, 24 December 2011

Coach Kim Swee targetting top five place for Young Tigers in Singapore League

Coach Ong Kim Swee has set a top five target for the Young Tigers squad in the S-League with a mixed team comprising just 11 players from the Sea Games gold medal side.

Despite naming a relatively inexperienced squad, Kim Swee is confident that the team would not let him down in the S-League.

"The FA of Malaysia has not set any targets for this team, but I want my players to finish in the top five or better in the league. We have lost nine regulars but the newcomers are capable," said Kim Swee.

"We had a successful year in our playing tours and the Sea Games and I want my boys to build from those to produce better football in Singapore."

He hopes  bringing a young team into the league will help them gain more experience and improve their football as he  aims to use the squad in the 2013 AFC Under-22 Championships qualifiers and the Myanmar Sea Games.

"Most of my players -- about 75 percent -- can play in the Under-22 qualifiers and making the main draw of the tournament is a priority."

Kim Swee is upbeat that the likes of Izzaq Faris Ramlan and Syahrul Azwari, who displayed an impressive show during the Sea Games, as well as defenders Mahalli Jasuli and Fadhli Shas along with the midfield duo of Irfan Fazail and Wan Zack Haikal, who have returned from Sloviakian club Zlate Moravce, will help the side establish themselves.

"I am confident my boys will display the good football that they are capable of playing. We want to entertain the fans," added Kim Swee.

THE SQUAD -- Mahali Jasuli, Affizie Faisal, V Kalaichelvan, Syahid Zaihon, Izzaq Faris Ramlan, Shahril Saari, Fadhli Shas, Wan Zack Haikal, Thamil Arasu, Irfan Fazail, Wan Zaharul Nizam, Izham Tarmizi, Ferris Danial, Ahmad Hazwan, Fandi Othman, D Saarvindran, Garry Steven Robbat, Amer Saidin, Syahrul Azwari, Farhan Abu Bakar, Nazirul Naim, Shahrul Saad, Nazmi Faiz, Syazwan Tajuddin, Akmal Ishak, Azizan Nordin, Nur Areef Kamaruddin, Firdaus Muhammad.

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