The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has found their man.
At the Jalan Besar Stadium on 30 May, Tatsuya Yoshida was unveiled as the new Lions head honcho.
The 44-year-old has been appointed on a two-year contract with a two-year extension option.
His first challenges and matches in charge be the Lions two friendlies against Solomon Islands and Myanmar in June.
He becomes the first ever Japanese coach to helm the Singapore national team.
“I am very happy to be sitting here,” he said.
“I think this opportunity is a very good challenge and a big chance for me and I believe in my ability.
“While I am aware that this is no easy task, I believe in the potential that Singapore football has to reach greater heights and success on the international stage and look forward to embarking on this journey with the players and fans.”
FAS General Secretary Yazeen Buhari: “We undertook a rigorous recruitment process and spoke to some excellent candidates regionally and globally,” he said.
“It was important that we found the best person with the attributes and experiences needed to fit into our system and achieve our objectives.”
“Much hard work remains ahead, and we will ensure Tatsuma gets all the support he needs. At the same time, we also look forward to the continued support of our stakeholders, including the fans, media and sponsors, which is critical to our success.”