Lim Teck Yin, who is Sport Singapore’s CEO and the SEA Games Organizing Committee chairman, scolded fans recently and asked them to “show your mettle and come out in force” to support the struggling national Under-23 squad.
Following a 1-8 mauling by Japan’s Olympic team, a 1-2 defeat by Syria’s U-23s and a 1-3 loss to regional minnows Cambodia’s U-22 side this year, Singapore’s Under-23 squad are struggling to rebound from these disastrous defeats.
Singapore’s national teams have yet to win any matches at all this year.
Lim urged true fans of Singapore football to back the Young Lions. He told the media on Wednesday:
“Our SEA Games team is training hard and trying to do their best. For fans, it’s your turn now to step up.” He added, “For a fan to say ‘you perform then I come’, it’s sort of saying you’re not quite a fan. Fans are there for the highs and lows – they lift the team when they are low. Singapore’s pride is at stake and regardless of how good or bad they are, this is our team.”
The Young Lions have been grouped with Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Philippines for the 5-16th June football tournament. Matches will start on 29th May, with tickets going on sale on 6th May.