Team Singapore

Booth backs Lions over Raddy's Myanmar

Myanmar are no match for Singapore.

That's the assessment of Laos coach David Booth, as he looked ahead to the tasty clash between the two teams in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup Group B clash on Nov 26 at the National Stadium.

He was speaking after Singapore's comfortable 2-0 win over his team at the Yishun Stadium in an international friendly last night.

Laos lost to Myanmar 2-1 in a Suzuki Cup qualifier on Oct 20.

When asked if Myanmar, whose coach Radojko Avramovic led Singapore to three Asean titles, could trouble the Lions, Booth (above) said: "I don't think they can.

"We'd already qualified by the time we played them, so we rested a few players.

"We lost in the end, but we could have won the match.

"So if you ask me, I don't think Myanmar can beat Singapore.

"Singapore look very solid at the back and have a very good goalkeeper."

Booth also praised Singapore's ability to retain possession, as well as the long, diagonal passes forward from defender Baihakki Khaizan.

However, he warned that Thailand, who await Singapore in their first game on Nov 23, will be far more formidable opponents.

He was impressed by the manner of the Thais' 3-0 win over the Philippines in a friendly last Sunday.

"The Thais played well against the Philippines," he said.

"They're very fast and I think they'll be a good game for Singapore."

- SAZALI ABDUL AZIZ