Fandi Ahmad: If I can play, I will play!

A frustrated Fandi blasted his floundering LionsXII side as he took them to task for simply 'enjoying' being in the limelight after a miserable defeat in the Malaysia Super League
LionsXII's surprise 1-0 home loss to Sime Darby in the Malaysia Super League on Saturday night did not sit well with coach Fandi Ahmad as he tore into his underperforming team who fell to a side they had beaten away from home just one week ago.

"They should take a look in the mirror," said Fandi of his charges, as he spoke to reporters after the match.

"They are just enjoying being part of the LionsXII, that’s the way I see it because they have got no guts today! They are just going through the motion, which is very bad for me I think!"

Fandi did not name the players he felt who had failed to perform but added that it was confounding they had not taken the opportunity to make a case for their inclusion in the national team.

"Some of them really take things for granted which is a real disappointment for me because at this level this is a chance for them to go to the national team and if this is what we have from today then this is going to be very bad for football," he said.

"If I can play I will play, seriously!"

With the LionsXII showing difficulty finding the net upfront, Fandi refused to acknowledge that the problem was down to not having a proper striker. Instead, he pointed out that hours of training to get the basics right did little to improve the players.

"After they (Sime Darby) got one goal they sat back going for counters and we pushed more men forward but nothing [came out of it], because technically the finishing was very poor," he added.

"I get fed up! Even with all the trainings, the first touch today was too poor today. We could have easily got three or four goals in the first-half today."

Fandi, however, was not ready to give up the title chase even with admittedly more difficult fixtures coming up, beginnig with Pahang's visit on Tuesday night as he called for his players to regroup.

The form of the LionsXII players nevertheless was giving the former Singapore international cause for concern as Fandi expressed his dismay at not knowing if his players were going to be up to the task for the next game.

"We had four or five players who didn’t turn up today," lamented Fandi. "That was the biggest disappointment and we don’t know who is our first 11. We don’t know who is gonna turn up, so very sad. Very inconsistent."

The defeat leaves LionsXII sixth in the table, six points behind leaders Selangor FA who beat Perak 1-0 at home on Saturday.