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U-23 coach Aide insists he's not quitting FAS
National Under-23 football coach Aide Iskandar insists he is still committed to the team, preparing for the South-east Asia Games in Singapore in 2015.
This, despite leaving the team — who are in Austria on a training trip — to come back to Singapore on July 17, a week before the squad are due back home.
The former national captain said his trip is cut short because of family matters, which is confirmed by the Football Association of Singapore.
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Stange wants more commitment from national U-23s
SEA Games gold will remain a dream unless players train like professionals, says Stange
National coach Bernd Stange believes more needs to be done to give the Republic’s Under-23 team a genuine shot at becoming the first Singapore side to strike gold at the SEA Games.
He says the “semi-professional” players do not yet have what it takes to win the competition next year.
With school and National Service commitments, U-23 coach Aide Iskandar has struggled to consistently get a full squad for both training sessions and competitive matches, something the German wants changed.
Stange hints that an internal Football Association of Singapore task force may be set up to find ways to give the team more training and commitment in football, towards their SEA Games goal.
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