Fandi carries the torch at the 2015 SEA Games opening ceremonies.
LionsXII head coach Fandi Ahmad joined a long line of officials praising his country’s national team after they held Japan to a scoreless draw on Tuesday night.
The former Singapore 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.”