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Saturday July 21, 2012

Sultan of Selangor’s Cup to be held on Sept 29

THE date has been fixed for the 11th edition of the Sultan of Selangor’s Cup football competition.

The annual competition between Selangor and Singapore will be played at the Shah Alam Stadium on Sept 29.

Organising chairman Datuk Abdul Karim Munisar said the date was also acceptable to the Singapore.

“There were several dates available in September. But after considering several factors, we decided on Sept 29. Just like in the past years, we will be organising several activities to promote the competition.

“We are expecting about 70,000 fans for the event. We have been getting encouraging calls. The football fans want to see not only the current players but also former Selangor players who brought glory to the state in the 70s and 80s,’’ said Abdul Karim.

Decision time: Abdul Karim (centre) chairing the organising committee meeting in Shah Alam.

Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, to foster better relations between Selangor and Singapore, had initiated the competition in 2001.

Then, it was known as the Regent of Selangor Cup. Selangor Selection became the inaugural champions when they defeated the Singapore Selection 4-2.

With the coronation of the Sultan in 2003, the competition was renamed as the Sultan of Selangor’s Cup.

The main match is between the Selangor Selection and Singapore. A match between the Selangor veterans and their counterparts from Singapore will be the curtain raiser.

Abdul Karim said the younger generation would get the chance to watch some of the former greats from Selangor and Singapore in action.

“Some of the young school-going children will get to see former internationals Zainal Abidin Hassan, Dollah Salleh, K. Gunalan, Datuk Soh Chin Aun, Malek Awab, V. Sundram Moorthy, T. Pathmanathan and Khan Hung Meng live. For the older generation, the match will bring back old memories,’’ said Abdul Karim.

Last year, the match that was played at the Shah Alam Stadium attracted a crowd of 60,000. Several local artistes provided the entertainment before kick-off.

The Selangor veterans defeated their Singapore counterparts 3-1. But the Lions edged the Selangor Selection 1-0 in the main match.

Abdul Karim said encounters between Selangor and Singapore had always been exciting.

“We expect the matches to be entertaining as well.

“We have requested the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) to get some exciting players, including Safee Sali from Pelita Jaya, to strengthen the Selangor team. So the fans can expect two strong teams in action,’’ said Abdul Karim.

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