Singapore Football

Fandi hits out at 'tame' LionsXII

FELDA UNITED 3

(Zah Rahan Krangar 10, Indra Putra Mahayuddin 26, Makeche Ndumba 28)

LIONSXII 1

(Faris Ramli 22)

Maybe they were saving themselves for the Asian Games, maybe they didn't care anymore.

Having already been eliminated from the Malaysia Cup with no chance of progressing from Group A, last night's away game against Felda United was an inconsequential match, and most of the LionsXII players behaved like it was.

Felda United's Zah Rahan Krangar scored from outside the box in the 10th minute, before Indra Putra Mahayuddin and Makeche Ndumba also capitalised on more slack defending to convert from inside the box before the half-hour mark, rendering Faris Ramli's 22nd-minute counter-attack equaliser a mere consolation.

Zulfahmi Arifin also contrived to get himself sent off via two bookable offences.

LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad was not a happy man. He said: "It was a very tame performance and I'm very disappointed with some of the players' attitude.

"We conceded two easy goals and it seemed like some of the players are already on holiday mood. They took things for granted and that is not good as professional players even though we were already knocked out.

"We have disappointed our travelling fans and ourselves because we failed to show character and discipline."

One of the few positives Fandi could take from this match were the performances of substitutes Emmeric Ong and Samuel Benjamin, who came on in the second half for their Malaysia Cup debut.

He added: "They tried to get involved, and showed a sense of urgency to put themselves about even though it was not easy for them."

Regarding the team's plans for the future, Fandi said: "We will have a discussion with the national coach to see where we go from here before we plan for the next season."

- DAVID LEE

  • FELDA UNITED: Farizal Harun (Fairul Azwan Shahrullai 84), Yaroslav Krushelnitskiy (Nasriq Baharom 76), Adib Aizuddin Abdul Latiff, Khairul Ismail, Shahrulnizam Mustapa, Zah Rahan Krangar, Ahmad Syamim Yahya, Raimi Noor, Qhairul Anuar Roslani, Intra Putra Mahayuddin (Haris Safwan Kamal 89), Makeche Dumba
  • LIONSXII: Izwan Mahbud 6, Madhu Mohana (Safuwan Baharudin 26) 6.5, Baihakki Khaizan 5.5, Afiq Yunos 6, Hafiz Abu Sujad 6, Nazrul Ahmad Nazari 6, Isa Halim 5.5 (Samuel Benjamin 81), Zulfahmi Arifin 5, Gabriel Quak 5.5 (Emmeric Ong 67), Faris Ramli 6.5, Sufian Anuar 6
  • Shots: Felda 5 on target, 4 off target; LionsXII 2 on target, 4 off target
  • Corners: Felda 3, LionsXII 4
  • Yellow cards: Felda 3, LionsXII 3 (Zulfahmi Arifin, Samuel Benjamin, Nazrul Ahmad Nazari)
  • Red cards: Felda 0, LionsXII 1 (Zulfahmi)
  • Offsides: Felda 6, LionsXII 2
  • Attendance: 300
  • Match rating: 6.5/10 
  • Referee: Jefri Zulkifli 6/10
  • TNP Man of the Match: Makeche Ndumba (Felda)

OTHER RESULTS

Group A

  • Johor DT II 1 Pahang 1

Group C

  • Kelantan 0 Johor DT 3
  • Penang 2 ATM FA 1

TODAY'S FIXTURES

Group B

  • Kedah v Perak
  • Terengganu v Sarawak

Group D

  • PDRM v Sime Darby
  • Selangor v T-Team