A four-year journey comes to an end

FIRST GOAL: The LionsXII's Baihakki Khaizan celebrating with delighted fans, after opening accounts during the team's 1-2 loss in their first MSL match against Kelantan on Jan 10, 2012 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
FIRST GOAL: The LionsXII's Baihakki Khaizan celebrating with delighted fans, after opening accounts during the team's 1-2 loss in their first MSL match against Kelantan on Jan 10, 2012 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.ST FILE PHOTO
FIRST SUCCESS: The LionsXII bagged the Malaysian Super League trophy on July 2, 2013 after beating Felda United 4-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
FIRST SUCCESS: The LionsXII bagged the Malaysian Super League trophy on July 2, 2013 after beating Felda United 4-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium. ST FILE PHOTO
LAST AWAY FIXTURE? The LionsXII lost 1-4 to Pahang on Tuesday in their Malaysia Cup quarter-final first leg.
LAST AWAY FIXTURE? The LionsXII lost 1-4 to Pahang on Tuesday in their Malaysia Cup quarter-final first leg.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

July 2011

Landmark four-year partnership signed at FAM headquarters in Selangor for a Singaporean side to return to Malaysian domestic competition and Malaysia's development team Harimau Muda to compete in Singapore's S-League.

2012

The LionsXII kicked off their inaugural Malaysian Super League campaign with a 1-2 loss to Kelantan at the Jalan Besar Stadium. They would go on to finish runners-up to the same opponents that season.

2013

Under coach V. Sundramoorthy, the LionsXII win the MSL, in just their second season.

2014

The LionsXII, now under Fandi Ahmad, could finish only eighth. They also failed to advance past the group stage of the Malaysia Cup.

May 2015

The LionsXII, led by Fandi, took home the Malaysian FA Cup, beating Kelantan 3-1 in the final at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.

November

FAM announced that it will not be renewing the partnership signed with FAS, thereby ending Singapore's participation in all competitions in the Malaysian domestic calendar.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2015, with the headline 'A four-year journey comes to an end'. Print Edition | Subscribe