May 15, 2013 / 12:36 PM / 4 years ago

Singapore appoint German Stange as head coach

Belarus' coach Bernd Stange reacts during their Euro 2012 soccer qualifying match against Albania at Dinamo stadium in Minsk, October 12, 2010.Vasily Fedosenko

(Reuters) - Former Belarus manager Bernd Stange will take over as the head coach of Singapore on a two-year contract, the country's soccer association said on Wednesday.

The 65-year-old German, who has also coached East Germany and Iraq, will replace Radojko Avramovic, who retired after Singapore lifted Southeast Asia's Suzuki Cup in December.

"While I recognise that the task ahead will not be easy, I am confident and I believe my experience at the international level and contacts in the game will be an asset to Singapore football," Stange said in a statement.

Singapore are 165th in the FIFA world rankings.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Alison Wildey

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