Young Lions avoid big guns in Asian Games draw
Singapore will face Oman, Palestine and Tajikistan in Group C of the Asian Games football tournament which begins next month in Incheon, South Korea.
While they avoided Asia's big guns, the young Lions still have a challenging task ahead as the lowest-ranked nation in the group.
Favourites Oman are ranked 67th in the Fifa world rankings while Palestine and Tajikistan are 88th and 120th respectively. Singapore are 152nd.
National coach Bernd Stange will lead the team with Courts Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar as his assistant.
A 25-man Under-23 squad with up to three over-age players will be revealed by the Football Association of Singapore next week.
A total of 29 nations split into eight groups - five groups of four teams and three groups of three - will compete at Asian Games with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Round of 16.
FULL ASIAN GAMES DRAW
Group A: South Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Laos
Group B: Uzbekistan, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Afghanistan
Group C: Oman, Palestine, Singapore, Tajikistan
Group D: Japan, Kuwait, Iraq, Nepal
Group E: Thailand, Maldives, Timor-Leste, Indonesia
Group F: North Korea, China, Pakistan
Group G: UAE, India, Jordan
Group H: Iran, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan