SINGAPORE, 6 MARCH 2015: LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad admitted that the team’s next match against Felda United will be tough, but he expects his team to get at least a point out of the game.
It will be the fourth consecutive away game the LionsXII will be playing, as they travel to the Majlis Perbandaran Stadium to take on Malaysia Super League leaders Felda United on Saturday evening.
The Singapore team is currently eighth in the league table, behind defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim on goal difference and just three points behind leaders Felda United.
A win could potentially take them to the top of the table, should results elsewhere go their way.
Past results show that LionsXII have enjoyed their games against Felda United, although in two games against Felda last year in the Malaysia Cup, the team lost one and drew the other.
“We are definitely going there to get points home,” Fandi told the official LionsXII website. “We want to get something and there are points to be won. We will go with a positive mind, and not just think about attacking or defending. We have our strategy to deal with Felda. What’s most important is we have to ensure we do not give Felda an early goal.”
Fandi’s task will be made tougher with a few players currently out with injury. Izwan Mahbud is still struggling with his shoulder injury, while Samuel Benjamin injured his knee in a training session earlier this week. Hafiz Sujad has also not played in the previous two games after coming off injured against Perak, although he has since returned to training.
The fact that the players have had to travel for the past few games has not helped with fatigue creeping in, but Fandi asserted that he will make do with whoever is available.
“We will see the conditions of the players, it’s a week by week assessment,” he said.
“To get a win against Felda, we have to be really focused throughout the game from the first minute till the final whistle. They have good strikers – Zah Rahan (Krangar), (Ndumba) Makeche, (Edward) Wilson – those are their three main dangermen, they are all good players and we have to watch out for them.”
“Izwan is struggling, and we are not sure if we can play him against Felda. But we still have Khai (Khairulhin Khalid). He showed he has improved a lot when he played in the FA Cup. He has got good spring, and is aggressive coming out. Against the big and strong foreign strikers, he will be important for us.
“We want to do our best; we can’t make promises but we want to get something out of the game for sure.”