Singapore captain Shahril Ishak tells Lions to focus and fight against Indonesia

The national team captain, who led by example with a brace, in the 3-0 victory over Malaysia has told his team to maintain their level of performance against Indonesia
Lions skipper Shahril Ishak has issued a rallying cry to his national team-mates ahead of Wednesday’s match against Indonesia.

Speaking to ahead of the crucial clash against the Garuda, Shahril is not taking anything for granted even though Indonesia was held to a draw against perennial minnows Laos in their first game.

"Firstly it’s not going to be an easy game for us. Indonesia are fast and very physically strong. They have a few good quality players that we have to watch out for," said Shahril.

Putting aside their memorable win against Malaysia in their Group B opener when Shahril scored two goals, the attacking forward has stated the Lions readiness for the second match, and have called upon his team-mates to channel the same level of energy as shown in their game against Harimau Malay for their clash against Indonesia on Wednesday.

"I believe my players are mentally focus and ready for the match. I hope they will play their hearts out and give the same level of commitment like they did in the first game against Malaysia," he added.

Experienced central defender Baihakki Khaizan echoed his captain’s sentiment, insisting Indonesia would be a tough proposition.

"Indonesia is not an easy game,” Baihakki said. "Like any other matches, we respect our opponent.”

“We will work hard and keep a positive mind going into the match."

The match between Singapore and Indonesia will be played at Bukit Jalil stadium at 6pm local time on Wednesday, with Singapore qualifying for the semi-finals should they triumph.