Top 10 LionsXII moments: 2015 Malaysia Super League season
Fandi's boys start with a bang
Newly-promoted PDRM were the first test for a LionsXII squad desperately trying to banish the demons of a woeful title defence the previous campaign. Though head coach Fandi Ahmad was in a bullish mood, promising to challenge for a top-three spot, most fans were unconvinced. Performances had been desperately poor the year before, with supporters staying away in droves as the season fizzled out with the club's early capitulation in the Malaysia Cup group stages.
We now have fighters who are willing to work hard for each other
The Cops were an interesting proposition first up. Azman Adnan's outfit scored plenty of goals under current Malaysian coach Dollah Salleh in a marvellous Malaysia Premier League campaign and the addition of lanky Malian striker Dramane Traore from Metalurh Donetsk showed they meant business. With Safuwan Baharudin on his way off to Melbourne City and Afiq Yunos hobbled by gout, a new LionsXII backline was set for a trial by fire.
The fans who showed up at Jalan Besar Stadium shouldn't have worried, as the LionsXII attack struck early and decisively. More than 5,000 delirious supporters watched on as the hosts raced to a 5-0 lead after 67 minutes. Goals from Gabriel Quak, Faris Ramli, Izzdin Shafiq and Hafiz Abu Sujad put plenty of gloss on the scoreline before subsitute Sahil Suhaimi curled a sumptuous free kick home for a goal on debut. Traore's late hattrick made the score somewhat respectable but despite the late defensive collapse, this was a breath of fresh air. The LionsXII were out of the blocks early with a 5-3 victory and there was definitely a hint of excitement. Was there more of the same in store for Singaporean fans this season?