Fandi lauds Safuwan and Van Huizen after comeback win

LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad paid glowing tribute to two of his team's stars after they completed a remarkable 3-2 come-from-behind win over Terengganu FA at Jalan Besar Stadium.

Fandi’s men had to peg back twice from losing positions and eventually won the game in the final stages, with Christopher van Huizen providing the assist for Safuwan Baharudin's winner.

"The boys gave their all," Fandi said. "They didn’t turn up first half, very sloppy in defending, but recouped in the second half.

"We knew Terengganu would come for a point, and they did. In the second half we kept pressing, and this is one of the best teams in Malaysia with four foreigners.

"The boys kept fighting and they deserved this victory. The fans deserved a wonderful game at the end of the day.

“Every team put in 200 per cent effort and I thought Terengganu played well at times. But our determination and grit playing for 93 minutes showed our character and never-say-die attitude."

Safuwan Baharudin scored his 4th goal in two games, and coach Fandi had nothing but praise for the ex-Melbourne City player.

“Safuwan was our key player, he was all over the field and I’m very happy for him," he said.

"Others should follow his attitude, determination and dedication. He put his body there, he is the heart and soul of the team.”

The man of the moment was still buzzing after the game, and revealed that he was aware of the danger Terengganu star striker Paulo Rangel posed.

"It’s not easy because I know Rangel would definitely score goals against us," the 24-year-old said. "I had a chat with him a few days ago and he’s buzzing to come back after suspension and injury.

"The only thing I could do was help the team came back from a losing path, and two late goals again were wonderful.

“I have been transiting from defence to attack and that’s the main objective of the team, Terengganu was soaking back, and the only chance for us to go is counter attack.

"I’m still trying to push myself to see where I stand."

Meanwhile, Fandi also heaped praise on substitute van Huizen, who made an impact after coming on, crossing beautifully for Safuwan to head home the winner.

"That’s why we reserved him, he’s an impact player," Fandi said. "One cross can make a difference, we don’t want to lose him early, as he needs the energy to be fresh to watch the opponent.

"Now, he has an assist almost every game, it’s fantastic for a young man. He’s our trump card most of the time, I thought he was very good."