Friday, 30 September 2011

Selangor and Singapore prepare for battle

Singapore will parade most of their national players in the annual Sultan of Selangor’s Cup football match against the Selangor Selection at the Shah Alam Stadium tomorow.

The Lions, under coach Radojko Avramovic, will be powered by five naturalised players – Aleksandar Duric, Qiu Li (forward), Shi Jiayi, Mustafic Fahrudin (midfield) and Daniel Bennett (defence).

Selangor coach P. Maniam will have his hands full against the same Singapore side who beat the national team (6-4 on aggregate) in the Asian Zone second round qualifying match for the 2012 Brazil World Cup in July.

The Red Giants, who squeezed into the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday, will be boosted by the return of national striker Mohd Safee Sali.

Selangor have also been given added firepower following the inclusion of two former English Premier League (EPL) players – Jason McAteer and Jesper Blomqvist.

This year’s Sultan of Selangor’s Cup is the 10th in the series. Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had initiated the event in 2001 to foster better ties between Selangor and Singapore.

There will be two matches on Saturday.

The first will be between the Selangor veterans and their Singapore counterparts (8pm) and the second match will see the Selangor Selection taking on the S-League Selection (9pm).

The champions of the Sultan of Selangor’s Cup will receive RM50,000 and the runners-up RM10,000.

Tickets, priced at a flat rate of RM10 for the two matches, are available at the Quality Hotel (Shah Alam & Kuala Lumpur), Concorde Shah Alam and Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur.

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