The 15th edition of the Sultan of Selangor’s Cup (TSSC), traditionally held in the second part of the year, has been brought forward by a few months this time round – much to the fans’ delight.
The decision to bring the clash between the two traditional rivals, Selangor and Singapore, forward to May 7 is to avoid the possibility of playing in another hazy situation and before the fasting month of Ramadan in June.
Last year’s match was cancelled when the air pollutant index (API) reading reached 138 at the height of the haze.
Singapore Die-Hard Fans club member Allen Lim, 79, who has never missed any of the matches between the rivals, will head to the Shah Alam Stadium to catch the match with his group members.
The old-timer already confirmed his attendance for this year’s match after receiving some tickets from the organising committee.
“Around 120 of us will be leaving Singapore for Shah Alam on Friday night (May 6) in four double-decker buses.
“My hopes this year is to see our Lion City team lift the trophy after Selangor managed to clinch a hat- trick win in the previous years.
“I expect to see at least 2-1 in the upcoming match and beat Selangor.
“We want to bring back the Cup with us and not leave Shah Alam empty-handed,” Lim said when met at a meet-up session and ticket presentation to fans at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore on Friday (April 8).
A fellow fan Musbah Hassan, 60, who was at the Shah Alam Stadium last year when the match was cancelled due to the haze, said he was not upset as the organising committee treated them with good hospitality while they were there.
“As it was due to a natural cause, we just treated our visit to Shah Alam as a memorable journey with the other group members and hope that this year, we will bring back the Cup,” he added.
Musbah, who has been following the competition since 1995, added that he was glad that his wife also shared the same passion for football and was willing to travel with him to as far as Sarawak just to watch the Lion footballers in action.
The club’s organiser and coordinator Akbar Hashim said as a loyal Lions supporter, they were looking forward to witnessing the match again and had already booked three buses for the members.
“Aside from the nostalgia of both teams meeting in the finals, TSSC is now the only remaining platform to witness the two rivals in action after Singapore was dropped from the Malaysia Cup again last year,” he added.
Meanwhile, Football Association of Singapore (FAS) chief executive officer Lim Chin said the teams were all geared up for the match and believed that young coach Philippe Aw’s selection would bring victory to the team in the match’s 15th edition.
“So far we have managed to gather about 1,000 fans to head to Shah Alam to witness the highly anticipated match and expect to gather another 200 over fans to join the entourage for the May 7 match,” he said.
The Sultan of Selangor’s Cup organising committee chairman Tan Sri Abdul Karim Munisar said they expected about 70,000 fans, including Singaporeans to attend the much-anticipated match.
“We handed out about 800 complimentary passes to the Singapore fans and another 1,200 will be given to them at the stadium next month.
“Since opening the ticket counter recently, we have sold more than 20,000 tickets to fans who cannot wait to watch the match between traditional rivals Selangor and Singapore in the upcoming TSSC,” he added.
He said that on match day, there would also be fireworks, performances by local artistes including Jay Jay and other entertainment in a carnival-like atmosphere and family-oriented fun at the Shah Alam Stadium.
The curtain-raiser match between the Selangor and Singapore veterans will kick off at 8pm and the main match between the Selangor Selection and Singapore Selection is scheduled to start at 9pm.
THE SULTAN OF SELANGOR'S CUP
Date: May 7, 2016
Venue: Shah Alam Stadium, Selangor
Sponsors: Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS), Worldwide Landfills Sdn Bhd, Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB), Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd (KSSB), Selangor Treasury, Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI), Selangor Agricultural Development Corporation (PKPS), Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd (KDEB), Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad, MCT Consortium Berhad, Splash Sdn Bhd, EcoWorld Development Group Berhad, Nirvana Memorial Park Sdn Bhd, Ecofirst Consolidated Berhad and LBS Bina Group Berhad.
Official English Media: Star Media Group Berhad
Curtain-raiser: 8pm Selangor Veterans vs Singapore Veteran
Main event: 9pm Selangor Selection vs S-League Selection
Tickets: (RM10 each) at Uncle K branches (Paradigm Mall Kelana Jaya, SACC Mall Shah Alam and Cyberjaya), Concorde Hotel in Shah Alam and Shah Alam Stadium on match day