Teamwork will be key for the Garena Young Lions when they take on Warriors FC in the Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League tomorrow.
Head Coach, National Youth Teams Richard Tardy has been instilling in his young charges the importance of playing together as one and honing their timing when deciding to pass or hold the ball since he took over on an interim basis in May.
According to Young Lions forward Taufik Suparno, having the Frenchman as his coach for both club and country can only be a good thing.
“From the time I have spent with him, I know he does not like individualistic personalities,” the Singapore Under-22 National Team player shared.
“He demands that we focus more on teamwork and play together as a team.
“He wants players to be smart, to know where and when to hold the ball. As you can see, we have quite a number of young players, so it is not easy for him to instil his philosophy in the team in a short span of time, but we are learning.”
This was shown when the Young Lions produced a gritty 0-0 draw with Balestier Khalsa FC last week, a game Taufik believes they should have won.
“To me, we should have beaten Balestier because we were dominating most of the game,” Taufik reflected.
“They were playing with 10 men [for the last 30 minutes], so we were not happy with the result. The positive thing is that at least we got a point, which is better than nothing.”
The Young Lions will be without the services of playmaker Hami Syahin through suspension, but will welcome back captain Shahrin Saberin who missed the game against the Tigers for the same reason. Shahrin could face Warriors’ new Romanian forward Andrei Ciolacu, signed during the transfer window to replace Dutch-Congolese player Joel Tshibamba.
The match will kick off at 7.30pm at Jalan Besar Stadium.