The Singapore U23 coach was pleased with the team's showing against Malaysia as they recovered from the semi-final disappointment to win a Bronze medalSingapore's record seventh Bronze medal in the Men's Football event at the 2013 SEA Games was not just a consolation according to Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar and team captain Hariss Harun.
A disappointing defeat to Thailand in the semi-finals, ended the nation's hopes of a first ever Gold medal in the competition but the team had to quickly pick themselves up to face-off against Malaysia to ensure they did not return empty-handed.
"It was a good game, a derby," Aide told fas.org following the Young Lions' 2-1 defeat of Malaysia in the 3rd/4th play-off match.
"For me, even though it was a 3rd/4th placing [match], it felt like a final. Definitely, I'm proud of the boys.
"They gave everything. They were disappointed at missing out on the final, it was a massive blow but they made up for it."
Hariss, who made his final appearance in the SEA Games, and will be featuring for Johor Darul Takzim in the Malaysia Super League, also agreed with Aide, adding: "It's the final SEA Games for many of us, and we are happy that we managed to bring home a medal for the fans."
"We put the disappointment of missing out on the final aside, and overcame that to come away with the win tonight."
The Bronze medal was Singapore's first since 2009. It is also their third Bronze medal in four SEA Games.