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Saturday September 28, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by y.p. sivam
Top gun: Mohd Amri Yahyah (left) is expected to lead Selangor's frontline in Shah Alam tonight.
WHO will win the prestigious Sultan of Selangor’s Cup for the sixth time? That is the question on everyone’s lips and come tonight, it will be answered when Selangor take on the S-League Selection at the Shah Alam Stadium.
Both Selangor and S-League Selection have won the Cup five times each.
Selangor won the Sultan of Selangor’s Cup in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2012 while the Lions triumphed in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. They were declared joint champions in 2004.
Selangor, who finished second in the Super Division of the M-League, failed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Cup. And coach P. Maniam said they were determined to end the season on a winning note.
“We failed miserably in the Malaysia Cup. We want to defend the Sultan of Selangor’s Cup. We have to do it for the diehard Selangor fans. The fans have been with us during our bad times. The players are also aware of the fans’ expectations,” said Maniam.
The Red Giants have also included three players — Patrick Wleh Ronaldinho, Nazmi Faiz Mansor and Roman Chmelo — from PKNS to strengthen their side. The other notable players in the Selangor line-up are Mohd Amri Yahyah, S. Kunalan and K. Gurusamy.
Last year, Selangor wrested the Cup after defeating the S-League Selection 3-1. International Safiq Rahim, Rozaimi Abdul Rahman and Bosko Balaban scored for Selangor while Singapore’s goal came from Aleksander Duric.
However, Safiq, Rozaimi and Balaban are not in the Selangor team this year. Nevertheless, Maniam said they had capable players to match their Singapore rivals.
“Mohd Amri was one of the most consistent strikers in the M-League. Then we also have (Francis Forkey) Doe and Mahali Jasuli. They should be able to get the goals,’’ said Maniam.
The Football Association of Singapore have also named a strong team for the match. Duric will be the player to watch. The towering striker has been scoring in the competition for the past two seasons.
Before the main match expected to kick off at 9pm, football fans will get the chance to watch the Selangor veterans take on their Singapore counterparts in the curtain raiser.
Singapore will have the likes of Fandi Ahmad, Malek Awab, V. Sundramoorthy and Razali Saad while Selangor will parade Datuk Soh Chin Aun, Zainal Abidin Hassan, Dollah Salleh and K. Gunalan.
The annual event was initiated by Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah in 2001 to foster better relations between Selangor and Singapore.
Then, it was known as the Regent of Selangor Cup. With the coronation of the Sultan in 2003, the competition was renamed the Sultan of Selangor’s Cup.
The organising committee, headed by Datuk Abdul Karim Munisar, are expecting about 80,000 fans for the event. They have planned a series of activities for the night.
Besides the two matches, the fans can look forward to local artistes Hafiz and Jamal Abdillah belting their hits. There will also be a cheerleading performance by students from five schools — SMP Sri Aman PJ, Sri Kuala Lumpur, SMK Seafield, SMK Bandar Utama 4 and SMK Damansara Jaya — co-ordinated by the Selangor Education Department. There will also be a fireworks display.
The sponsors are MCT Consortium, Syabas, BHL Group of Companies, Permodalan Negeri Selangor, SP Setia, Splash, Taliworks Corporation and Tanjung Balai Group.
Abdul Karim said the event was an opportunity for football fans to watch some of the former greats in action.
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