The Lions walked away with a 2-0 win with goals from Khairul Amri, who came on as a replacement for Shi Jiayi, in the closing stage of the first half (barely a few touches before he found the net!).
SAFFC's Fazrul Nawaz doubled the score minutes after the restart with a close-range effort off a cross from evergreen Aleksandar Duric on the right.
It was noted that the 42 year-old striker drifted himself sporadically into a deeper position as a makeshift defensive midfielder or a quarterback in the second half.
Therefore, not surprise at all to see the man, whose international score-rate before than Lionel Messi, struggled to stamp his mark in an unfamiliar territory.
|Fazrul (no.10) scored the second of the night (credit: FAS)|
“Definitely, its always pleasing to see different players score, not only Aleks. He (Duric) did well today as well, and Amri did very well when he came on. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen him play this well for Singapore, and Fazrul’s goal is pleasing as well because it’s his first after a long time." said coach Aide
“I think the boys did well, although I felt it wasn’t the best first half we had. In the 2nd half we did better. It was good to see Amri scoring and assisting, it’s a good evening for us and hopefully we will pick up from here in preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup,” added the former national skipper.
|A rare sight in CCK Stadium nowadays.|
(Quotes extracted from the official media release by FAS after the match, pictures depicted belong to the blog owner, unless credited to the originating source accordingly.)