Football: How the Lions went from chumps to champs in 1998

Clockwise from left: Nazri Nasir, the coach's third choice as captain, returning with the Tiger Cup to a hero's welcome at Changi Airport. R. Sasikumar, seen in this 4-1 group win over Laos, put his aerial prowess to good effect at the other end as w
Nazri Nasir, the coach's third choice as captain, returning with the Tiger Cup to a hero's welcome at Changi Airport. BH FILE PHOTO
Clockwise from left: Nazri Nasir, the coach's third choice as captain, returning with the Tiger Cup to a hero's welcome at Changi Airport. R. Sasikumar, seen in this 4-1 group win over Laos, put his aerial prowess to good effect at the other end as w
R. Sasikumar, seen in this 4-1 group win over Laos, put his aerial prowess to good effect at the other end as well - scoring with his shoulder blade in the final. ST FILE PHOTO

Without a win in competitive football since October 2015, the Lions will go into November's Suzuki Cup as heavy underdogs.

But former Singapore international defender R. Sasikumar believes that Fandi Ahmad's team should not be written off.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2018, with the headline 'How 1998 Lions went from chumps to champs'. Print Edition | Subscribe