|By Khalis Rifhan & Kenneth Ho
After winning the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012, the city-state's politicians have been expressing their happiness and sending out congratulations to the Singapore Lions for their heroic performance in the regional tournament.
Minister of State Mr Teo Ser Luck was effusive in his praise for beaten-finalist Thailand, admitting they did well to win the second-leg, but that the Lions deserved their triumph after the two-legged affair. He also thanked the men and women who toiled behind the scenes for the victory.
"The Thais played well, high possession and very determined in winning the first ball to controlling [the] midfield," Minister Teo told Goal.com Singapore.
"We had good fighting spirit and never gave up defending against such a strong team.
"Central defence worked hard and forwards even pulled back deep to help. The Thais played better tonight but we are more consistent in both legs of the finals. A win rightly deserved by the Lions.
"We are extremely proud of them. Thank you boys, Raddy, staff and Zai!"
Also taking time out from his busy schedule, Member of Parliament (MP) Alex Yam, credited the Lions for bringing the nation together.
"Nothing sums up the journey more than the simple singing of our National Anthem at the Jalan Besar Stadium," the Chua Chu Kang MP added.
"The pride and joy of singing the words we often don't think twice about. The tingling sensation that runs through your body as you stand united with fellow Singaporeans to cheer on the Lions.
"Yes, we won the title, but more importantly, we remembered we are all Singaporeans! Majulah Lions!"
The well-wishes followed that of Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong's statement on Twitter, who proclaimed his happiness with the national team right after the Lions won their title.