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SPOT-ON : Arsenal's Mesut Oezil (above) scoring against Brighton and Hove Albion last Sunday.
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MAKING THE GRADE: Cameroon forward Max-Alain Gradel (below) looks set to start after coming off the bench to equalise against Mali.
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Fandi happy with Madhu-Afiq, despite LionsXII's tour record

MAKING IT TERRIFIC: Madhu Mohana (above) and Afiq Yunos have forged a good understanding during the LionsXII's tour of Maldives.
MAKING IT TERRIFIC: Madhu Mohana and Afiq Yunos (above) have forged a good understanding during the LionsXII's tour of Maldives.

They played three friendly matches in Male, the capital of Maldives, going down twice while winning once.

Despite the losing record, coach Fandi Ahmad is pleased over the progress of the LionsXII over the past week.

As part of their pre-season preparations for the 2015 Malaysian Super League (MSL) season, which kicks off on Feb 7, the Singapore side competed in the People of Maldives Invitational Soccer Cup, a quadrangular tournament featuring two local teams and Malaysia’s PDRM FC.

The LionsXII lost 2-1 to Maziya Sports in the first match, beat New Radiant 3-1 in their second encounter and were edged out 1-0 by fellow MSL team PDRM (yesterday morning, Singapore time).

Speaking to The New Paper over the phone yesterday, Fandi singled out the good understanding being forged between centre backs Afiq Yunos and Madhu Mohana as one of the success stories of the tour.

The duo will be the first-choice pairing at the heart of the LionsXII defence this season as star man and vice-captain Safuwan Baharudin is set to sign for Australian League side Melbourne City.

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 28.

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Wahyudi stamped on, but escapes serious injury

Just watching the video clip of LionsXII defender Wahyudi Wahid getting a boot to his head is enough to make one flinch.

The 25-year-old was blatantly stamped on the head by New Radiant defender Mohamad Rasheed during a clash with the LionsXII in the POMIS Cup in Maldives last Saturday.

Unbelievably, Wahyudi suffered only a headache.

Singapore’s Malaysian Super League side won the match 3-1, but the incident in the 77th minute ensured an ugly end to what was already an ill-tempered contest.

Following a well-timed sliding challenge by right back Wahyudi, the New Radiant player leapt to avoid contact, and stamped on the Singapore’s player head on his way down.

The impact was enough to cause Wahyudi’s head to rebound off the pitch.

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 28.

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