By Wang Meng Meng(Straits Times)
The LionsXII at the Changi Airport Terminal 2 departing for Kuala Lumper ahead of Malaysia FA Cup Final. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
The LionsXII departed on Thursday afternoon for Kuala Lumpur ahead of Saturday's mission to win the Malaysian FA Cup final and coach Fandi Ahmad believes his men are fired-up to meet Kelantan.
Speaking at Changi Airport Terminal 2, former Singapore football captain Fandi said: "This is a final and you don't need extra motivation. I am very happy with the team. They are fantastic boys who are very disciplined and they have lots of determination."
The LionsXII will meet Kelantan at Bukit Jalil Stadium in an attempt to win its first-ever Malaysian FA Cup. The team had never progressed further than the quarter-finals since returning to Malaysian competition in 2012.
"This game (final against Kelantan) is definitely the biggest game for us so far," said Fandi, who took charge of the team at the beginning of last year.
It's a big thing for us, especially the players. They have to show a lot of composure and show that they can take the pressure."
Safuwan Baharudin, who had returned to the team after a three-month loan spell with A-League side Melbourne City, added: "We are a local team with no foreigners, so we know that even if we are representing LionsXII in the final, we are the pride of Singapore.
"I am looking forward to the final, the pressure is not on us, it is on Kelantan."