Singapore legend Fandi praises Lions after Japan draw

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SINGAPORE - JUNE 05:  Singapore retired footballer, Fandi Ahmad runs with the torch during the 2015 SEA Games Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium on June 5, 2015 in Singapore.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
Fandi carries the torch at the 2015 SEA Games opening ceremonies.

head coach  joined a long line of officials praising his country’s national team after they held to a scoreless draw on Tuesday night.

The former international, who earned over 100 caps before retirement, currently serves as an assistant coach on the national team and is considered by many to be a future candidate for head coach.

“We are very, very happy. The boys gave so much tonight,” Fandi said in a video comment posted on the Football Association of Singapore’s official Facebook page.

“They ran their hearts out. The boys did their job, [and were] very disciplined. I thought we deserved a draw, so we are very happy today.

Fandi did not hesitate to compliment goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud, who recently lead LionsXII to the Malaysian FA Cup title and stymied the Samurai Blue attack over 90 minutes.

“Our man of the match is Izwan, who saved at least five or six goals,” Fandi said. “But at the end of the day it was good teamwork and discipline, and I hope we can carry this to the next level.”