By Terrence Voon
WHILE Brazil’s superstar footballers landed in Singapore yesterday amid an explosion of publicity, one man was busy hatching a plan against them.
Coach Raddy Avramovic, who is in charge of a Singapore selection for the friendly match against the Brazilian Olympic team, is devising strategies to counter his talented opponents.
Anyone expecting his side to roll over for the Brazilians on Monday are in for a suprise.
‘We won’t put out a defensive team,’ said Avramovic. ‘We always try to score goals, and we will find a way to surprise those who are predicting a big defeat.’
There were few surprises though, when the Serb announced his squad that would take on the Brazilians at the National Stadium.
Of the 21 players on the list, 18 were in the Lions’ squad for Singapore’s World Cup qualifiers last month.
With centre-back Precious Emuejeraye and full-back Noh Rahman ruled out through injury, Avramovic has been forced to look to the S-League’s foreign legion for reinforcements.
Defenders Kenji Arai of Singapore Armed Forces FC and Valery Hiek of Home United have been called up to bolster a defence that will be tested by the likes of Ronaldinho.
Geylang United’s Slovakian attacker Miroslav Latiak has also been given the nod, though first-choice strikers Aleksandar Duric and Indra Sahdan Daud are expected to start.
‘It will be a game of open football and I will be happy to see both teams score,’ added Avramovic.
‘But, whether or not all the players will get to play depends on how many substitutions the Brazilians want for the match. We will accommodate them.’
Forward Noh Alam Shah, who recently completed his seven-month ban from football, was excluded from the squad owing to his lack of match fitness.