21 Jan '11, 10pm

More about football than the fuss: Like Avramovic, though, the young Singapore players seemed only concerned wit...

SINGAPORE - With arms folded, he cut a calm figure in the middle of the pitch at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday, watching intently as the Republic's young footballers zipped across the field, dribbling, passing and flying into crunching tackles all around him. The national under-21 team will face their Malaysian counterparts on Monday in the first international fixture since the Lions' dismal showing at last month's AFF Suzuki Cup and national coach Radojko Avramovic betrayed little emotion. After the recent storm over the sorry state of the S-League and the poor show by the Lions, the friendly has suddenly taken on extra meaning, as a football-made nation looks for something to indicate there is hope for the national game. Like Avramovic, though, the young Singapore players seemed only concerned with football, not all the fuss surrounding the local game right now. "Aft...

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