SINGAPORE (1 Sept 2011) – The three ASEAN teams – Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia – are in a good frame of mind despite having to open their campaign on the road in the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers tomorrow.
Singapore will take on China; Thailand will play Australia while Indonesia will be tested by Iran in their respective matches of the qualifiers where each ASEAN teams will be looking for at least a draw playing away.
“It is the opening game of the third round (of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers) and of course we would like to get a good result where ultimately it will determine our position in the group,” said Radojko Avramovic, the chief coach of Singapore.
“But for me, I would just like the players to play their best and even if we do not get the result we wanted, I will still be satisfied.”
The Singapore-China game will be held at the Tuodong Sports Centre in Kunming, located some 1,900 metres above sea level.
In the meantime, Thailand chief coach Winfriend Schaefer said that his chargers are in a good condition ahead of their clash against Australia at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
“Every player is in perfect condition. They know my tactics. The spirit of the team will help us get a result,” said the German. “At the moment, every player looks confident.”
Indonesian veteran striker Bambang Pamungkas is optimistic that his team can get a ‘good result’ when they open their campaign against Iran.
“Iran are a good team but we are not here to lose. We are here to at least win a point,” added Bambang.
“The best team at the end of the 90 minutes will win. We will work hard for the right result.”