It was a rip-roaring start, but it came to a sombre end.
The LionsXII exited Malaysian football on Saturday night despite a 2-0 victory against Pahang FA, which saw them crash out of the Malaysia Cup at the quarter-final stage with a 4-3 aggregate defeat.
Players slumped to the ground at the final whistle as the journey that started at Jalan Besar Stadium four years ago ended at the same venue, after the Football Association of Malaysia opted not to extend the memorandum of understanding on Wednesday.
Fandi Ahmad’s men needed to pull off a minor miracle after getting thumped 4-1 in the first leg four nights ago, but failed to build on early goals from Christopher van Huizen and Faris Ramli in front of 5,898 supporters.
Pahang formed a guard of honour to applaud them off the pitch after past moments from the LionsXII’s time in Malaysian football were shown on the big screen, which Fandi said had been a “good lesson” for the players.Read More »from LionsXII end Malaysian football adventure after Cup exit to Pahang