By Gabriel Tan
Following a 0-0 draw in last Saturday's first leg at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, the Lions booked their place in the final of Southeast Asia's premier international tournament by edging Philippines 1-0 in Wednesday's return encounter at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Khairul Amri scored the only goal of the game in the 19th minute to see off the Azkals, but Avramovic believes the victory was only possible because of a 100% effort from all the players.
"The players have given 100% amd it's really thanks to them that we've achieved this," he said. "I also must mention the public gave us very good support.
"When we came back from Philippines [after a 1-0 friendly defeat in November], the players wanted to go back to the team hotel on their own.
"I wanted to give them a day off but they said 'let's go to the hotel to prepare for the next game'.
"I don't think in a few months or years we'll think about the result. Based on what happened over two legs, I think we deserved to go through.
"We did well and I must mention Isa [Halim], who was doing an absolutely great job."
Apart from Isa, Avramovic also had words of praise for Amri, who has endured a torrid year with injuries, as well as his backline of Baihakki Khaizan, Safuwan Baharudin, Daniel Bennett and Shaiful Esah, who have now kept clean sheets in three of their five matches in the tournament.
"Back in June, I told him [Amri] I will try to bring him back to the national team," the Serb revealed. "I think he's not back to his best yet.
"He's close but not there yet. I think he is capable of giving a lot more.
"I think they [the defence] played really well. Baihakki, Daniel, Safuwan and Shaiful had really good positioning and did an extremely good job, and it wasn't easy."
Avramovic also spoke highly of the Azkals and was adamant that at this stage in the competition, every team was of high quality.
"I don't think there were any bad teams in today's [Wednesday's] semi-final," he claimed. "They are all good teams in the semi-finals and if you watch the other game between Malaysia and Thailand, it's a difficult game for both sides.
"I think it is absolutely great that this team is in the final and it'll be nice if we can win. Like I said, both Malaysia and Thailand are very good teams, and I think we are a good team too, so the final should be good."
Singapore have never lost a Suzuki Cup final, emerging champions in their three appearances in 1998, 2004 and 2007.