Isa Halim and Hariss Harun are encouraged by the progress made under the German
Singapore midfielders Isa Halim and Hariss Harun believe the national team has started to move in the right direction after Bernd Stange took the reins.
The departure Serbian tactician Radojko Avramovic after the Lions won the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup at the end of last year, their fourth regional crown, saw the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) undertake a large-scale search for his successor before eventually opting to appoint Stange.
Since then the 65-year-old German has enjoyed a 100% record thanks to friendly victories over Myanmar and Laos and made a positive impression on the squad and Isa believes the reaction of his team-mates to the methods of their new chief will stand them in good stead for the crucial AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Oman.
The coach is confident and as a player, it feels good when the coach trusts you with responsibilities,” he told Fox Sports.
“Furthermore, we are representing the country and have to show pride wearing the jersey, and the only way to do that is by producing a good performance.
“The boys are really responding to the coach and this is indeed a big test for us. We’re a young team in the midst of a rebuilding process.
“But the only way for us to progress is to look forward and learn from whatever result we get against Oman. From there, we’ll move on to the next match and try to get some points.”
Singapore were on the end of a 4-0 hammering from Jordan in their first Group A match and need to pick up three points against the Red Warriors to give their qualifying campaign lift off.