| VIENTIANE (16 Dec 2009) – The shock defeat might not have yet sunk in for Singapore but head coach Terry Pathmanathan wants his chargers to be up and ready for the bronze medal fight against Laos tomorrow afternoon.
Singapore, despite scoring the first goal of the semi-finals this year, went down 4-1 to Vietnam and were denied a place in the gold medal decider.
And with it, their hopes of winning the first ever gold medal in men’s football for Singapore.
“Our aim is still to go home with a medal, so we have to lift ourselves up and put up a better performance in the 3rd/4th-placing match,” said Terry.
“I think the boys played well, but lost to a better team. For now, it is important to get over this defeat and tackle the upcoming game with confidence.”
Singapore, featuring the youngest set of players in the competition, fared fairly well in this year’s meet when they took a 2-0 lead in the first game against Indonesia before being held to a 2-2 draw.
They then beat Myanmar 2-1 in the second match before holding hosts Laos to a 1-1 draw in their final Group B match to book their place in the semi-finals.
The bronze match at the Chao Anuvong Stadium tomorrow will kick off at 1500hrs.