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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Singapore won't panic after SEA Games flop - FAS boss Lim Kia Tong

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson review Singapore's disappointing crashing out of the SEA games.

Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Lim Kia Tong has warned against over reacting to the nation's poor performance in men's football at the ongoing Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur.

The Young Lions lost their opening two matches to Myanmar and Malaysia to effectively rule themselves out of semifinal contention before restoring a little lost pride with victories over minnows Laos and Brunei.

Lim, who took over the top role in Singapore football in April, was less than impressed but says a knee-jerk reaction won't help.

"We will definitely look further into it, at what the real reasons are for poor performances," he told The New Paper.

FAS president Lim Kia Tong
Lim Kia Tong has called for a full review of Singapore's poor SEA Games performance in men's football.

"We are particularly concerned about why we're not getting good results. We can't let such a scenario repeat itself, but we also cannot over react."

With Singapore already back home, Malaysia will play Thailand for the gold medal on Tuesday at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium while Myanmar and Indonesia face off for the bronze medal.

The poor showing of the under-22 side mirrors the lack of success for Singapore's senior team, who were knocked out in the group stages of last year's Suzuki Cup.

And there appears to be a lack of talent coming through the ranks. Between 2014 and 2016, Singapore's age-group sides managed only 10 wins in 62 attempts.

Lim will wait for the official report on the SEA Games' performance before deciding what to do next.

"Results tell us that other countries are progressing ahead of us, but not to the extent that most believe," Lim said.

"In analysing this, the council had a meeting with [technical director Michel] Sablon and his coaches on Aug. 15."

Singapore's senior team host Hong Kong in a friendly on Thursday before their third Asian Cup qualifier against Turkmenistan on Sep. 5. Both games will be played at Jalan Besar Stadium.

The Lions have only one point from their opening two matches, having drawn away to Bahrain in March before losing at home to Chinese Taipei in June.

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