Singapore manager Bernd Stange on Monday faced calls for his dismissal after a 3-1 loss to rivals Malaysia in the group stage of the Asian AFF Suzuki Cup saw the defending champions of the competition knocked out in their group.
The 66-year-old has come under fire since taking charge last May for allegedly favouring younger players and forcing the Southeast Asian side to adopt to a fast-paced passing game to limited effect.
On Saturday, playing at Singapore’s new National Stadium, the German boss’ men looked set to secure the draw needed to advance to the semi-finals with the score at 1-1 with time running out.
They were then stunned by two second-half stoppage-time goals by the 2010 champions Malaysia, including a controversial penalty.
Stange’s poor record includes 158th-ranked Singapore finishing last in their Asian Cup qualifying pool earlier this year.
In the post-match press conference on Saturday, a bullish Stange expressed disappointment, but praised his young side who have an average age of 25.