After five months without playing a single football match, Singapore veteran striker Khairul Amri came off the bench against Balestier Khalsa to finally make his first appearance for the club since he rejoined them this year.
Even though the Young Lions lost the match 2-0, the 31-year-old was glad that he finally made his debut for the team after coming on as a substitute in the 75th minute.
Amri even came close to scoring in his 15-minute cameo, only for his deflected free-kick to go just wide.
“After the match it was a total relieve that I survived,” Amri told FourFourTwo.
“The coach told me to get the feeling back and don’t pressure yourself too much to try and score or perform too much.”
After attaining his target of getting minutes under his belt, Amri now aims to help the Young Lions shrug off a run of eight consecutive losses.
Since their opening day 1-0 victory over the Tigers, the Young Lions have not won another game and even gave the hosts their first league win of the season at the Toa Payoh stadium.
Till date, the Fareez Farhan has been Young Lions' only scorer in the league, with five goals to his name in this campaign.
This is something Amri aims to change now that he is fit again, as he looks to alleviate the goal-scoring burden placed on his younger counterpart.
“I will try to show my leadership in and off the field,” Amri added. “I will work together with the boys and try to score goals for this team.”
Young Lions coach Patrick Hesse believes Amri’s return will definitely be a big boost to his team.
“Khairul’s return is important as it helps us with scoring. He is a player with experience and we need this player,” Hesse said.
“He cannot be fully fit for three more weeks but after that he will be vital in winning games.”added the 58-year-old.