Singapore resumes quest for 1st football gold at SEA Games

The SEA Games men's football gold has eluded Singapore since they began competing in the competition in 1965. The Young Lions have struggled in recent SEA Games, and have lost key player through injury ahead of the Hanoi SEA Games, but will adopt a "one game at a time" mentality in their quest to land the elusive gold medal.

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[MUSIC PLAYING]

NAZRI NASIR: Pressure is there. You need to get a result. Because if you look back, the last time we won a medal, maybe 2013, I think so. We have been out from the group stage for the last three or four SEA games. It's a pressure for me as a coach. We want to be in the semi-final. That's very important. It is my goal and, of course, the team and I'm going to push them to that-- I target that we won.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

NAZRI NASIR: You cannot see or think that all-- like those days like-- ours is very weak, Philippines very weak, or Cambodians very weak. I think the other countries are getting better and better. Because it won't be an easy game, I mean, the easy group for us is we try to take one game at a time. We don't pressure ourself. Getting the first result is very important in any tournament. So we are looking in that direction.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

RYHAN STEWART: Now, obviously, it's a big blow for the side, they're like two key players, and Jacob obviously being our captain. It's a leadership figure, so obviously, it's a big blow, and we feel bad. Especially for Jacob, it's a really long injury, the worst injury you can have. So we'll try and work harder, and hopefully, we can do something and get a medal for Jacob and Johan.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

NAZRI NASIR: With the senior players, what they can do is they can basically help the younger player, give the younger player more confidence, encourage them. Of course, with their guidance on the field because they will help calm the players when they are under pressure. So this is very important for the senior players.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

RYHAN STEWART: It can be used as a motivation for us. We want to be the first ones who can try and get there. So obviously, we want to get a medal for Singapore, but we'll have to just take it slow, take it a game at a time, and just do things in a way that we can get to the final, hopefully.

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