On Thursday (Dec. 5), Singapore's Young Lions ended their goalless record at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games by defeating Brunei with an impressive score of 7-0.
Fandi brothers shined
The two Fandi brothers took centre stage as they each got their names in the score-sheet.
Captain Irfan Fandi scored the first goal for Singapore, and the only goal in the first half of the game.
Singapore came back into the second half stronger, with striker Ikhsan Fandi scoring a hat-trick.
Brunei's luck worsened after Hanif Farhan was sent off four minutes after the break for his second yellow card.
Faris Ramli bagged two goals and Saifullah Akbar managed to score one.
First win of the tournament
The game against Brunei was Singapore's last match of the tournament, and also their first win.
Both teams, however, scored blanks and were already out of the tournament before their encounter.
Previously, Singapore drew 0-0 with Laos for their first game at the 2019 SEA Games.
They subsequently lost 2-0 to Indonesia, 3-0 to defending champions Thailand and 1-0 to Vietnam.
It was the first time the Singapore national football team failed to score a goal in four consecutive matches at a SEA Games tournament.
After the loss to Thailand, coach Fandi Ahmad apologised for his team’s poor performance at the SEA Games.
Fandi noted that the Young Lions' performance did not meet the expectations Singaporeans had of both him and the SEA Games.
“I am sorry we could not deliver a medal this time but I must repeat that it is no fault of the boys.
They have been fighters throughout all the tough times.”
Enter his sons to end the tournament with a positive goal difference (7-6), despite losing three games.
Top photos via Ikhsan Fandi/IG and FAS/IG.