Finally, the Singapore Lions managed to put a smile back on the faces of the fans, who despite all the nonsense football they have dished over the years, still turned up in their thousands to support the local boys.

The crowd of just over 30,000 witnessed something that Singapore had not done for 4 years, actually winning an official game of football in the Asian arena. Team captain Hariss Harun scored in the 37th minute of the game against Indonesia to send the thousands who flocked to the new Stadium something to cheer about. That Singapore managed to see out the game and play well was an added bonus for the fans, who have been used to watch boring defensive football with long, aimless balls pumped upfield for players to chase.

Fandi Ahmad have instilled an attacking mentality in this team. Though it is still early days yet, and Singapore will still face the two biggest teams in this group away from home, it was a good sign. At least, the relationship between the team and the fans are on the road to recovery.

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