PM Lee Hsien Loong congratulates LionsXII on FA Cup final victory

PM Lee Hsien Loong congratulates LionsXII on FA Cup final victory
The LionsXII players celebrating with the Malaysian FA Cup trophy after their 3-1 win over Kelantan at the Bukit Jalil Stadium on May 23, 2015.

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong offered congratulations to the LionsXII on Facebook after their 3-1 victory against Kelantan in the FA Cup final.

PM Lee thanked the team and supporters for bringing the cup back to Singapore.

"You have worked hard and made us all proud!" he said.

Earlier, the PM had sent his best wishes to the team ahead of the match, played at 8.45pm on Saturday.

The Singapore side - coached by Singapore's most famous football son Fandi Ahmad - had beaten Terengganu on the away goals rule in the the semi-finals to reach their first Malaysia FA Cup final.

In his earlier Facebook post on Saturday, Mr Lee wrote: "To our LionsXII playing in tonight's Malaysia FA Cup final - you've come this far, now do your best, and bring it home! We are all cheering for you.

"And to all Singapore fans in KL to support our team, safe journey and enjoy the match! - LHL."

Football Association of Malaysia deputy president Effendy Hamzah said on Friday that more than 3,000 tickets had been sold to Singapore fans.

The final was played at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, and around 5,000 LionsXII fans were expected to make their way across the Causeway for the match.

The match was telecast live from 8.30pm on StarHub Ch 112/Ch205 & 76.25MHZ.

This article was first published on May 23, 2015.
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