Coach admits his task is bigger than expected
Singapore Coach Bernd Strange has told fans not to expect an instant change in the quality of the side.
After losing 2-0 to Oman in his first competitive game, the German believes that the friendlies with China and Hong Kong will be influential in his sides developement.
Speaking to Goal Singapore Strange said: “What we need is time and good planning for the future and to follow our strategy which we have.
“We have a clear philosophy and a clear strategy that all teams follow the way to international standard and you cannot do it in a very short time.
“After my experience of 132 international caps (managing), to build a national team takes at least, at least, half a year. At least.”
Strange admits while the start of his managerial campaign hasn’t gone entirely to plan, that there is a huge amount of potential in his squad.
“We are looking for more potential players, fast players; but it takes time, it takes time definitely,” he said emphasising the need for patience.
“I’m an optimist and I’ve seen these players in our country. But we have to make programmes for them; to control them, to build them up to the next level. And I know what we have to do in planning, in training, in philosophy, to find more support for this kind of football, winning football.”