By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Warriors came into the game on the back of a morale boosting win over Gombak United in the RHB Singapore Cup semi-finals and continued their recent good form by taking the lead against the league leaders through Shimpei Sakurada six minutes after the break.
Tampines responded through Ahmad Latiff in the 62nd minute, but SAFFC substitute Fazrul Nawaz restored the Warriors' advantage seven minutes from time.
Although it seemed that Fazrul's goal appeared to have sealed the game for Bok and his men, Tampines fought back to equalise through Benoit Croissant in the 88th minute, before Jamil Ali popped up with a dramatic winner in added time to condemn the Warriors to their ninth loss of the season.
The Stags, who are just one win away from securing the league title, put in a laboured performance in this game, but Bok, himself a four time title winner with SAFFC, believes that being able to win when not playing well is the hallmark of a championship side.
"Sometimes champions don't play well but they win the game," Bok said.
"In my time, there were occasions where we [Bok's previous championship winning sides], didn't play well but we still managed to win, that's the mark of a championship team.
"Tampines have players who have won the league before. [Aleksandar] Duric, [Benoit] Croissant and Ahmad Latiff are all experienced players who can hold the game and lead them to the title."
For Bok however, his main focus will be on SAFFC's Singapore Cup final against the same opposition on October 28 although the 43-year-old admitted that his side's leaky defence needed to tighten up against Tampines' potent attack if they were to be able to get anything out of the game.
"They've [Tampines] got a lot of firepower," Bok acknowledged.
"They can even call the likes of Noh Alam Shah and Jamil Ali, Ahmad Fahmie off the bench and we need to contain that and just deal with it.
"For their second equaliser, we didn't pick up the ball outside the box, so we need to work on that because it's going to happen again in the final.
"Overall it was a good game of football but I think we deserved something from this game, at least a point if not the three points.
"They scored quite late in the game so I think we need to be really focused, especially after we score."
Bok also revealed who he thought was Tampines' most dangerous player on the pitch.
"I always say the most dangerous man is Jamil.
"He has been scoring the late goals so he is always the most dangerous man and he proved me right again.
"I already told the team he's the danger-man but he still came in and scored the winner."
Up next for the Warriors are a trip to Gombak United on Monday and Bok admitted he would be resting several players for the game.
"I will have to rotate because I think they gave a lot today [Friday]," Bok added.
"We going to play Gombak on Monday, then we play on Sunday so definitely some of the boys need a good rest.
"I might give some of the other guys a go against Gombak. But the rehearsal [for the Singapore cup final] part is definitely done."
SAFFC are currently seventh in the table on 29 points, a massive 20 points behind their opposition and league leaders Tampines.