Sunday, January 3, 2010

Iran - Possibly the last Lions' opponent @ Kallang

After being criticised by many for giving up the hosting of the 2013 SEA Games, I supposed the SSC will now get their act together and that the Sports Hub construction will get underway in early 2010.

With no real football matchups scheduled for the early half of 2010, traditional Asian powerhouse Iran could well be the last opponent to grace the Grand Old Lady that is Kallang.

With its European players like Masoud Shojaei, Javad Nekounam, Ali Karimi apparently still suspended due to political reasons, we would definitely miss some star appeal but i guessed we probably would not mind.

But we still cant discount the locally-based Iranians as they are still far ahead of us in many aspects like technique, etc.

However, my own perspective is that the current Iranian is no kingpins of Asia and definitely not among its best team in recent times.

After recent friendlies with Oman, where performances have been poor and disunity among the Lions, I seriously hope the Lions can conjure up a good performance on Wednesday to edge Singapore a step closer to the Asian Cup next year.

Any form of housekeeping or bucking up could be taken care by Raddy after our place is secured.

So now, I am hoping for a big upset and something humongous for local fans to cheer about on Wednesday evening.

Let's draw positives from the 2006 qualifying matchup against Iraq where I was at Kallang to witness it first hand.

This Wednesday, I will be there once again, carrying a big hope inside which I wouldn't show...

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