Shinzuoka Sangyo University 0 Singapore U23 3: Young Lions end tour with win

The Young Lions finally got a win in Japan on Saturday, beating Shinzuoka Sangyo University 3-0 in their second and final match of their training tour.

Shahfiq Ghani scored a brace while Shakir Hamzah contributed a goal as the Singapore side finally gave head coach Aide Iskandar something to smile about.

Singapore U23s opened the scoring four minutes after the break when Shakir poked home after the goalkeeper had fumbled Sahil Suhaimi's corner.

Shahfiq then doubled the advantage shortly after when he latched on to a Stanely Ng pass to coolly slot into the net.

The former LionsXII midfielder then finished off the scoring with a well-taken free kick just after the hour mark.

Aide was happy with how his charges had bounced back after the 2-1 loss to Azul Claro Numazu on Thursday.

"I challenged the boys to prove that they have the heart and desire to represent the country and they responded in a great way," he said.

"I am really happy with their performance today, especially with their intensity. It was far better than our first game. We settled in straight away and we set the tempo,"

"We need to play like this in every of our games – with hunger and desire."

Only five players were not used in this second game, with Aide and his fellow coaching staff due to cut the squad down to 20 ahead of the upcoming SEA Games campaign.

"Despite the win, I have to say that we are still a work-in-progress," Aide said.

"There are some things that need to be fine-tuned and we hope that the last two friendlies that we will play when we get back to Singapore will provide us with the opportunity to finish our preparations."

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