Singapore Lions, the Kings of Asean football
Singapore Lions beat Thailand 3-2 on aggregate for their record 4th Asean crown on Saturday. Singapore leaders PM Lee Hsien Loong and DPM Teo Chee Hean were among the first to send their congratulations to the Singapore national football team for their win at the AFF Suzuki Cup.
The Lions returned to a hero's welcome at Singapore Changi Airport this afternoon. More than 600 fans greeted the champions. The players, officials and family members were then taken on a victory parade via an open-top bus which travelled through Orchard Road before heading to Jalan Besar Stadium for a victory reception.
More than a thousand screaming supporters welcomed the Lions at their den at the Jalan Besar Stadium. While the celebrations was prohressing, many more supporters arrived from all over Singapore to congratulate our newly crowned champions.
Singapore has won the regional AFF Suzuki Cup (formerly known as the 'Tiger Cup') three times in 1998, 2005 and 2007. The Lions are crowned the champions of South-east Asia for a record fourth time. For departing national coach Radojko Avramovic, it is the perfect send-off on his final game with Singapore.
Skipper Shahril Ishak is named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and received a US$10,000 cheque for his efforts throughout the tournament.
Congratulations to our Lions! Roar! Roar! Roar!