Sundram confident Lions forwards will find form

Singapore national team coach V. Sundramoorthy is sure his mis-firing forwards can find their form in time for the start of the AFF Suzuki Cup next weekend.

Speaking ahead of the Lions’ final friendly against Cambodia on Sunday, Sundram said the failure to hit the net in the last three games was affecting the team.

“Obviously you know that we’ve not been scoring in the last couple of games and we need a bit of luck,” he said.

“We’re getting into the box, getting in the crosses and getting in the shots (and with) just a twist in our luck, probably we will get the goals.”

“Things can turn for us. We are getting there. Physically, mentally and tactically, the boys are preparing and we are correcting the areas we should be looking at,” said the caretaker coach.

Talking about his goalscoring options to go with lone striker Khairul Amri, Sundram said, “We have Hariss (Harun), who can push up, Safuwan (Baharudin), Hafiz (Sujad) can score too. And Faris (Ramli) and Gabriel (Quak).”

“For set pieces, we have Baihakki (Khaizan) and Daniel Bennett.

“Amri has been sort of start-stop due to injury, but I believe that on his day, he’s the best striker. You’ve just got to coach with who you’ve got.”

Sundram also noted the general improvement teams such as Sunday’s opponents Cambodia have shown in recent years. Cambodia beat Singapore 2-1 in a friendly in June.

“Times have changed. They have improved and they can compete with the likes of Hong Kong,” he said.