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ON A MISSION: Raddy Avramovic (above) will hope to maintain his excellent record against Malaysia on Sunday.
KILLER KYAW: Myanmar dangerman Kyaw Ko Ko (above) scored five goals at the 2011 SEA Games and will be relied upon to find the net.

Malaysians would probably have cheered when Radojko Avramovic parted ways with Singapore after the Lions lifted the 2012 Suzuki Cup.

After all, the 64-year-old coach had turned the Lions into a formidable side and they were especially hard to beat in Causeway derbies.

Avramovic masterminded a superb 3-0 win over Malaysia at the National Stadium at Bukit Jalil in their first match of the 2012 Suzuki Cup, and the Lions have lost just twice to their arch-rivals in 13 matches.

The Serb is also unbeaten against Malaysia in all five previous encounters in Singapore.

Unfortunately for Malaysia coach Dollah Salleh and his men, Avramovic is back and in their way again in the Suzuki Cup, this time as Myanmar coach.

The two sides will meet in the Group B opener on Sunday at Jalan Besar Stadium, before defending champions Singapore host tournament favourites Thailand at the new National Stadium.

“It’s the same players, Malaysia’s team are mostly from the last Suzuki Cup and the one before that,” Avramovic told The New Paper yesterday, after Myanmar’s training session at Serangoon Stadium.

Read the full report in our print edition on Nov 20.

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