Singapore's new no.22 Gabriel Quak focused on football in bid for AFF Suzuki Cup glory
Starting on the left wing, the winger was seen switching flanks with Yasir Hanapi while also moving into a central position on numerous occasions.
Having worked his socks off for the entire game, Quak’s moment came in the 71st minute when a rampaging run by Shakir Hamzah saw the former faced with a gapping goal as Mongolia goalkeeper Enkhtaivan Munkh-Erdene rushed off his line.
Quak looked up and took the opportunity to clip a perfect lob into the empty net to double Singapore’s advantage and put the game to bed.
Lions coach Fandi Ahmad praised Quak’s contributions and maturity after the game and reckoned he will play a key role for the Lions in the upcoming weeks.
“All I know was that after the game, when I walked off the field, I’m just glad I gave my all. It wasn’t about the goal to be honest. I had a chat with coach (Fandi Ahmad) earlier in the week and he laid out his expectations of me and what he wanted from me on the pitch,” Quak told FOX Sports Asia.
“It has been a while since I completed 90 minutes in a Singapore shirt and I’m thankful to cap it off with a goal. Coach was pleased with my performance and that is what I need to know that I’m going in the right direction.