Andik Vermansyah: I am sure we can beat Singapore
Indonesia's Andik Vermansyah believes that his team will get the required win over Singapore on Friday in their crucial showdown in the final group game at the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup.
Both teams need to win at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in downtown Manila and hope that the Philippines don't emerge victorious against defending champions and already-through Thailand.
Singapore have yet to score in the tournament, drawing 0-0 with the Philippines in the opening game and losing 1-0 to the Thais.
Indonesia have found the net four times though and have conceded six, in a 4-2 loss to Thailand and a thrilling 2-2 draw with the Philippines.
“I play in the Malaysia league and know a little about the Singapore players,” said the Selangor star, “We know they have a good defence and are dangerous from set pieces but they can't score from open play. I am sure Indonesia can win.”
The 24 year-old has impressed in the tournament so far and has already done his bit ahead of the big game with a bit of inside information about Singapore's Malaysian-based players, Hariss Harun of Johor Darul Ta'zim and PDRM's Safuwan Baharudin.
“I have talked to the coach about the players. If they tell their coach about me, that is no problem. We still have lots of other good players.”
At least both teams know exactly what they must do. “Whatever the result of Philippines and Thailand, we must win. We know that."
Recent history provides some encouragement for the four times finalists and Andik.
In 2012 his late strike gave Indonesia a 1-0 win over the Lions in the group stage.
“I hope to repeat my good game and goal against Singapore in Kuala Lumpur. Before then, we had not beat Singapore for eight games.”