Following a three-week break, the Garena Young Lions will be taking on Brunei DPMM FC in the Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League in Bandar Seri Begawan on Saturday night.
At the Young Lions’ last S.League match in September, the team was edged 1-0 by Balestier Khalsa FC.
The developmental side lie a spot below Brunei DPMM FC in ninth after 17 matches, but head coach Vincent Subramaniam is refusing to throw in the towel just yet.
“We are not giving up for sure, there’s still eight matches to go so there’s still a lot (for my players) to prove,” he said.
“We still want to work. I think I will get two or three players back from injuries so I hope to strengthen the side and prepare well for this match.”
Though some of his players are not available for selection, Subramaniam is choosing to look at the positives instead.
“We have Hami (Syahin) and Syahrul (Sazali) and a couple of the National Service boys who are still out,” he shared.
The Young Lions will also be without the services of forward Ikhsan Fandi and defender Rusyaidi Salime who have been called up to the National Team.
“That will hurt us as our team will be very lean but this also means others will get a chance to play. For instance, our second-choice goalkeeper (Hairul Syirhan) played against Balestier Khalsa FC and did a decent job.
“We will play the likes of Warriors FC, Geylang International FC and Hougang United FC which is going to be quite tough. But in order for these young boys to grow, they have to go through this tough phase.”
The match against Brunei DPMM FC will kick off at 8.15pm on 7 October 2017.