Centre-back Irfan Fandi, the son of popular footballer Fandi Ahmad, has struck out against Singapore fans for their constant criticism, which he claims has affected the Singapore South East Asian (SEA) Games Team.

This follows a shocking 12 losses out of 17 matches for the Young Lions so far. The most recent defeat was against Myanmar in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, where the Lions limped away with a disappointing 2-0 loss. The match against Myanmar is the first game for the Lions in the SEA Games tournament.

Irfan, who plays defense for Home United, celebrated his 20th birthday on Sunday and wore his captain’s armband against Myanmar, spoke to reporters about how naysayers had affected the Singapore team’s morale: “Yeah, [the criticism] affects everyone, you can see it sometimes after games.”

“But this is football — you can’t avoid critics and their comments. We’ve spoken to one another about this and we know if we don’t want that [negativity], we have to give our best and show we want to fight.”

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