No defeat. No shame.

Fandi Ahmad’s Young Lions have lots to be proud of.

Even though they have not qualified for the Asian Football Confederation U-23 tournament to be held in 2020, the Young Lions can return with their heads held high after finishing second in Group G.

Singapore ended the campaign with a 3-1 win over hosts Mongolia, but it was still not enough to help them qualify for the final round of the competition.

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Only the 11 group winners and four best second-placed teams qualify for the final rounds.

Coach Fandi Ahmad told the Straits Times that he was happy at the team’s performance.

He said: “It all went very well though we have difficulties. 

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“The teamwork is there, the coaching staff are very together, the camaraderie is very good.

“We didn’t qualify but we gave our all.”

Fandi added that this was the first time that the Young Lions are returning home without a defeat from the qualifying competition. 

Photos: Mongolia Football Federation