Singapore assistant coach Aide Iskandar: It's been a long time since I've seen Khairul Amri play like that

    


FROM CHOA CHU KANG STADIUM

By Kenneth Tan
@KennerveT

 

In the end, two goals from Singapore were enough to kill off the visiting India side, who were brimming with confidence from their Nehru Cup victory.

In truth India were not really in the game except for an encouraging opening 15 minutes, and Singapore should arguably have scored a couple more goals.

"It wasn't the best first half from us, but we improved in the second," reflected Singapore assistant coach Aide Iskandar, who stood in for Raddy Avramovic at the post-match press conference.

Aide also admitted that Khairul Amri's brillance proved to be the separating factor between both teams, as the 27-year-old striker notched a goal just two minutes after entering the fray, before chalking up an assist for Fazrul Nawaz's second-half goal.

"It's good to see him getting on the scoresheet and assisting a goal. It was an well-executed goal [and] it's been a long time since I've seen him play like that," said Aide.

"Also, it was a long-awaited goal for Fazrul for the national team. It's pleasing to see them score and not always rely on Aleks [Aleksandar Duric]; it's good for their confidence," he added with a smile.

The 90-minute workout given by the visiting side was a good one, according to the former national captain.

"India are worthy opponents. We watched their clips against Cameroon [in the Nehru Cup final, which they won], [and] they are technically sound," explained Aide.

"It's pleasing not to concede. The back four did well, although we had to bring off Juma'at [Jantan] as he was recovering from a recent hamstring injury. Meanwhile, let's [also] not forget Hariss [Harun] and [Mustafic] Fahrudin, who formed the screen in front of the defence.

"All in all, it's good preparation for the [AFF] Suzuki Cup."

The Lions will play an away friendly against the Phillipines next on November 15, before concluding their preparations for the Suzuki Cup with a game against Pakistan.

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