Hurt. Angry. Disappointment. Emptiness.
Most Singapore football fans would have felt one of the above, Singapore’s national skipper Hariss Harun believes, after witnessing how the Lions fell out of the Suzuki Cup 2020 after a 4-2 loss to Indonesia in the second leg of the Suzuki Cup 2020 semi-final of 25 December.
The first leg of the semi-final had ended in a 1-1 stalemate on 22 December.
In a social media post both on Instagram and Facebook, the 31-year-old Lion City Sailors midfielder said, “I have been at a loss of words the last few days.
“Never have I played in such a match in my career.”
He added that “the result doesn’t lie and we must accept what has happen.”
“It was not meant to be, but that doesn’t mean there are no takeaways from this.”
He went on to say that he was “extremely proud of my team for the way we fought throughout the tournament.
“There was no ‘I’, only ‘We’ in this team and everyone gave their all.”
He also said that some of the Lions “played the best I have seen them play.”
He also had a message for the fans.
“Each time the crowd chanted ‘Singapura!’ I had goosebumps and that was only 10,000 fans!
“I can’t imagine what a full house could have felt like.
“Thank you for the love towards the team and I cant wait to play in front of a sellout crowd at Kallang again.”
The Lions scored 10 goals in total during the competition with Hariss also getting on the scoresheet against Philippines.
Hariss also finished off his post by saying that “everyone must realise that what we felt is something special on the night of 25/12/2021, and if we want to cry tears of joy, everyone has to chip in.”
“The players, we are the ones representing everyone in Singapore, we are a reflection of everything that is done in football so all stakeholders must work together to have many more special nights that translate to many more success in the future.”
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