The Serbian became the competition's most successful coach after guiding the Lions to his third and their fourth AFF Suzuki Cup, and claimed that Singapore were the region's best.
|By Khalis Rifhan
Singapore coach Radojko ‘Raddy’ Avramovic sealed his place as one of the finest coaches in Southeast Asia on Saturday night, as his side lifted their fourth AFF Suzuki Cup trophy since its inception in 1996.
Despite losing to Thailand in the second leg of the final, Singapore won the tie 3-2 on aggregate having won the first leg 3-1 three days ago at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
The Lions constantly had their supporters at the edge of their seats as they sat deep in their own half and allowed the War Elephants to launch relentless attacks.
But according to Raddy at the post-match press conference, that was all part of the plan.
“Thailand constantly attacked us throughout the game, while we barely made any attacks. But that was what we prepared for and [it is] not like we didn’t have a chance at all. Nonetheless, we are champions!" he said,
When asked by whether the trophy meant that Singapore was number one in the region, Raddy did not disagree.
“Why is it not so? We beat Thailand at home 3-1 and it was a complete win,” he asserted.
Raddy, who had made known a day earlier that he is set to leave his post after the tournament, took time to pay tribute to the organization that has been pivotal in ensuring preparations went smoothly for the team in the lead up to the tournament.
“I would like to thank the Football Association of Singapore for [their] support throughout. This kind of performance won’t happen without good collaboration and my role concludes from this point on.” he said.