KUALA LUMPUR – Singapore’s Lions XII coach Fandi Ahmad said beating two-time champions Kelantan 3-1 in the FA Cup final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil here last night was ‘sweet’ revenge.
Fandi, who promised to bring back the Cup across Johor Causeway, also praised his ‘Young Lions’ squad for creating history against the much more stronger team, who were beefed up with four foreign players.
For the record, Lions XII had lost 0-2 to Kelantan in a Super League match at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Bharu on Feb 15th.
“It was sweet to win against Kelantan, we have proved that everyone’s prediction is wrong. We do not have any stars in our team, but the boys did very well in attacking and especially Man of the Match, goalkeeper Mohd Izwan Mahbud.
“It is very good for the team, which will be the part of Singapore’s SEA Games squad. This will benefit the rest of the squad too,” he told reporters after the match.
Skipper Mohd Izwan, who was chosen as the ‘Man of the Match’ praised all his team members for the good performance displayed today and the dedication and passion.
Meanwhile, Kelantan coach Mohd Azraai Khor Abdullah said the team had to pay a hefty price for making small mistakes in the backline but promised that ‘The Red Warriors’ will bounce back much stronger next season.
“After the equaliser, we thought everything will be fine and we could win but unfortunately we did not. Not easy to play with the Lions XII because they play very well, we had a lot of chances but could not score.
“The players need counseling and we have to give them a break before the next Super League match,” he said.
Lions XII goals were scored by winger, Muhammad Faris Ramli in the 6th minute while substitute, Mohd Sahil Suhaimi earned himself a brace with his goals coming in the 81st minute and in injury time (penalty). Kelantan’s consolation goal was netted by Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor in the 62nd minute.