| SINGAPORE (1 Dec 2009) – Terry Pathmanathan, the head coach of the Singapore national Under-23 side has warned his players against complacency when the SEA Games kick off in Laos next week.
Singapore have been placed in Group B of the biennial championship against Indonesia, Myanmar and hosts Laos.
Group A are defending champions Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Timor Leste and Cambodia.
“The players cannot be too complacent and overconfident because of the draw. It is very important for the players to be focused and work extremely hard to get the desired results,” said Terry.
And while Group B might seem to be a little easier of the two groups and where they will be playing a match less, Terry however believes that the team will have the work cut out for them.
“On paper we might look like the stronger team compared with the others in the group. We cannot take things lightly. Laos are the host nation and they are capable of creating a surprise with their fans behind them,” added Terry.
“Myanmar won the silver medal two years ago and we can never under estimate Indonesia as they are a traditionally strong team.”
Singapore will open their campaign against 2007 silver medallists Myanmar on 7 December 2009.
Group A: Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Cambodia
Group B: Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia
2 Dec (Main Stadium): Malaysia vs Timor Leste (1500hrs)/ Thailand vs Vietnam (1745hrs)
4 Dec (Chao Anu Vong Stadium): Thailand vs Cambodia 1500hrs)/ Vietnam vs Timor Leste (1745hrs)
5 Dec (Main Stadium): Singapore vs Indonesia (1500hrs)/ Laos vs Myanmar (1745hrs)
6 Dec (Main Stadium): Vietnam vs Malaysia (1500hrs)/ Timor Leste vs Cambodia (1745hrs)
7 Dec (Chao Anu Vong Stadium): Myanmar vs Singapore (1500hrs)/ Indonesia vs Laos (1745hrs)
8 Dec (Chao Anu Vong Stadium): Timor Leste vs Thailand (1500hrs)/ Cambodia vs Malaysia (1745hrs)
9 Dec: Opening Ceremony
10 Dec (Chao Anu Vong Stadium): Myanmar vs Indonesia (1500hrs)/ Laos vs Singapore (1745hrs)
11 Dec (Chao Anu Vong Stadium): Cambodia vs Vietnam (1500hrs)/ Malaysia vs Thailand (1500hrs)
14 Dec (Chao Anu Vong Stadium): Semi-finals
17 Dec: Third/ Fourth Placing (1500hrs at Chao Anu Vong Stadium)/ FINAL (1700hrs at Main Stadium)