Singapore’s football team were labelled as chickens by Bahrain coach Miroslav Soukop after the 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match on 14 November at the National Stadium.
Singapore lost 3-0 to Bahrain, the same team Singapore had drawn 0-0 in Manama in the opening tie of Group E, a result which left Singapore at the bottom on Group E with no wins under their belt.
Singapore have also been eliminated from the finals of the 2019 Asian Cup tournament to be held in the United Arab Emirates.
While paying some tribute to Singapore’s defensive organisation, the 52-year-old Czech said: “The activity after losing the ball… modern soccer is not just about possession and passes.
“If you just wait (for things to happen), in this moment, you are the chicken.”
Soukop had also called his own team chickens after their match against Chinese Taipei, in which they lost 2-1.
Singapore will play their last match in Group E against Chinese Taipei in March 2018, a match which is inconsequential as both Singapore and Chinese Taipei are out of the 2019 Asian Cup.
Chinese Taipei managed to secure six points so far during this qualifying campaign.
Singapore has failed to qualify for the Asian Cup tournament, apart from 1984 when it hosted the event in Singapore.
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