Football: Fearless Lions must roar again

Former S'pore internationals laud players' passion, but warn against complacency

Defender Safuwan Baharudin (right) came through for the Lions on Tuesday after scoring the winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Palestine at the Jalan Besar Stadium. ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
Defender Safuwan Baharudin (right) came through for the Lions on Tuesday after scoring the winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Palestine at the Jalan Besar Stadium. ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

On the pitch, the play was passionate, positive and fearless, and the footballers stepped up to take charge instead of relying on a few key leaders.

Not only did Tatsuma Yoshida's Lions impress fans in their recent two World Cup qualifiers - a 2-2 draw with 142nd-ranked Yemen and a 2-1 win over 102nd-ranked Palestine - Hariss Harun and Co also earned the praise of all the former Singapore internationals The Straits Times spoke to yesterday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2019, with the headline 'Fearless Lions must roar again'. Print Edition | Subscribe