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We must make home advantage count, says Singapore’s Yoshida

Singapore: Singapore head coach Tatsuma Yoshida will be counting on home support when The Lions open their Asian Qualifiers campaign for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

Singapore will play their first two Group D fixtures on home soil, where they will host Yemen at the National Stadium on September 5, before facing Palestine at the Jalan Besar Stadium five days later.

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"It is important for us to do well in our home matches in order to stand a chance of progressing to the next stage of qualifying, for not just the World Cup, but also the Asian Cup,” said Yoshida to local media.

"We must make our home advantage count and this can only be achieved if we have strong support from the stands.”

Singapore’s group also features Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan, two teams who are giants of Asian football, but the 45-year-old Yoshida is certain strong home support can make the difference against the higher-ranked teams.

"While our group is a challenging one, a vociferous home atmosphere would make the key difference and will undoubtedly spur our team on," said Yoshida, who took charge of Singapore in May.

Preparations for the Qualifiers continues with Yoshida calling 25 locally based players for a third training camp this week.

Photos: Football Association of Singapore

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