Stange will continue to coach the national team for the World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers.

THE FOOTBALL Association of Singapore said yesterday they have extended the contract of Lions coach Bernd Stange until April 15 next year. In a statement, the FAS added the extension will see the German at the helm of the Lions for the remaining five matches in the round two qualifiers of the FIFA World Cup 2018 and AFC Asian Cup 2019.

This is the second extension after the first in April, when Stange’s initial contract expired.

FAS general secretary Winston Lee said the association’s exco “remain confident in Bernd’s leadership and capabilities to further raise our standards”.

“We will review the performance of the national team after the conclusion of the qualifying campaign and will then make a further announcement,” he added.

Singapore has so far played three matches in Group E of the World Cup and Asian qualifiers, and are in third spot behind Syria and Japan. They have beaten Cambodia 4-0, drew with Japan 0-0 and lost to Syria 1-0. The Lions are next scheduled to host Afghanistan, the other team in the group, on Oct 8.

Added Stange: “It has been a positive qualifying campaign for us and our performances in the first three matches – all of which were played away, have given us confidence that we could qualify for the Asian Cup.”

Stange has been assisted by the respective Lions XII and Tampines coaches, Fandi Ahmad and V. Sundramoorthy, and they will continue to be alongside the German in the remaining matches.

But Stange’s extended role is not restricted to the national team as he is also involved in the new FAS Strategic Plan, which is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

“I will use my experience — both technical and management-related experiences— and contribute to the formulation of the new plans and programmes which will further enhance the standards of Singapore football.”

Apart from Stange, the FAS have also extended the contract of Young Lions coach Juergen Raab until the end of the year.