The Big One – Kill or Be … well, disappointed


It’s the big match on Saturday evening – Singapore v Thailand in the first of two games as part of the qualifying group for the forthcoming Asian Championship (speaking of which, congratulations to the Pohang Steelers as club champions of Asia – do remind me to tell you my amusing Pohang Steel story one day).

It will be the first competitive game for manager Bryan ‘Robbo’ Robson – following the 1-1 draw at home to Syria in a friendly last week, which completely escaped me.

We can expect a reasonable number of Thai workers in the requisite Singaporean stadium on Saturday evening – I wonder how they decide their pricing policy for such an event – things tend not to happen at random in the Lion City. Well, good luck to the boys – let’s hope that either one or the other is dominant over the next two days so our region has some representation.

Robbo – stuff this up and things will turn unpleasant very quickly. There is a very (unpleasant) nationalist sentiment going around these days which will reject the legitimacy of any 0-1 defeats or worse.