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UPDATED: 10:50, January 01, 2006
Avramovic signs new Singapore deal
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Former Oman coach Radojko Avramovic has signed a new contract with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) that will see him remain as coach of the Tiger Cup holder until the end of 2007.

The FAS issued a statement confirming that the 56-year-old Serbo-Montenegrin had inked a new two-year deal to coach the Lions, with an option for a further two-year extension to 2009.

For Avramovic, the challenge of attempting to take Singapore through to the final rounds of the Asian Cup for the first time since 1984 was a key factor in his decision to sign a new contract.

"I have started something here in Singapore and I want to finish it," he said.

"We have started to change the face of the national team and that job is not finished yet. We are building a team for the future and 2006 will be a very important year for us. We have the Asian Cup qualifiers, possibly the Asian Games, as well as to defend the ASEAN Federation Cup.

"With everybody getting behind the Lions, I am confident that we can do well."

Avramovic took charge of Singapore in 2003 and despite some poor results during his first year in reign, the former Yugoslavia national goalkeeper managed to lead the island republic to a surprise triumph in the Tiger Cup in early 2005 with a 5-2 aggregate victory over Indonesia in the final.

Singapore is currently ranked 14th in Asia and is the top South East Asian team in the December 2005 FIFA World Ranking.

Source: Xinhua

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