SELANGOR fans and its fan club members have until Feb 15 to submit their details if they plan to watch the 16th edition of the Sultan of Selangor’s Cup (TSSC) in Singapore on May 6.
Organising committee chairman Tan Sri Abdul Karim Munisar said he had received numerous enquiries from the public wanting to watch the match.
“So far we have received confirmation that about 100 buses will be heading to Singapore.
“We want to be well prepared and our preparation must be done early to ensure every fan has a passport. We also want to book the buses ahead of time.
“We are organising a day where Selangor fan club members can renew or make their passports immediately and it will be announced to them later. This is why we want everyone to submit their details and not delay it anymore.
“Some fans intend to go with group passports but in the past we have encountered a lot of problems because if one person goes missing, the entire group will not be able to go to avoid situations like these.
“We have also told fans that they can bring items like drums, banners and T-shirts on board to show their support.
“We have received many enquiries as it is the first time in seven years the TSSC will be held in Singapore and in a new stadium there with a seating capacity of 55,000.
“Selangor fans are excited to be going to a new stadium and are looking forward to supporting their team while having a short holiday,’’ said Abdul Karim, after a meeting with representatives of fan clubs from Selangor at the SACC Mall in Shah Alam, recently.
Also present were Selangor Immigration Department deputy director Noraffendy Abd Khalid and Selangor JPJ deputy director Kamarunzaman Mihat.
The committee will provide transportation to the National Stadium of Singapore in Kallang for fans who buy their entrance tickets and register with the organising committee before Feb 15.
Fans only need to pay for the RM10 ticket while transportation will be provided for free.
Buses will leave on the night of May 5 from Shah Alam Stadium and it will be done on a staggered basis with about 15 buses leaving at a time. A police escort will be provided from Stadium Shah Alam to Nilai.
Two JPJ officers and one policeman will be on board the buses to ensure the safety of passengers and to ensure the drivers keep to the speed limit.
Fans will be able to spend time in the city before the match and return on the night of May 6 after the game.
Abdul Karim also expects the number of fans heading to Singapore to double compared to previous years, reaching close to 10,000.
“In 2009, 60 buses headed across the causeway and that was the most fans we took to Singapore.
“The public can of course buy their own tickets and find their own way there but we will prepare transport for those who register with us,” he said.
Selangor will play visitors for the upcoming clash between two long- standing rivals that have been involved in 22 Malaysia Cup finals with a history tracing back to the first Malaya Cup in 1921.
The Sultan of Selangor’s Cup has been held at the Shah Alam Stadium for the past seven years and was last held in Singapore in 2009.
This year, the match will start at 4pm on May 6 with Under-15 Selangor vs Singapore match, followed by the veterans and finally the main selection.
The addition of the Under-15 teams will surely add to the excitement of the tournament, which will also see the old-time favourite stars in action during the veteran’s match.
Last year’s edition in May saw Singapore lifting the trophy after edging Selangor on penalties 4-3 during the main match, while the Selangor veterans defeated their Singapore counterparts 2-0 in the curtain-raiser match in front of a 60,000-strong crowd.
The match was attended by Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and the Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
Selangor has won the competition trophy seven times while Singapore has won on six occasions since the competition was initiated in 2001 by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, when he was the Raja Muda of Selangor.
The competition, initiated to foster better relations between Selangor and Singapore, has gained a strong following among Malaysian and Singaporean football fans.
It was then known as the Regent of Selangor Cup and with the coronation of the Sultan in 2003, the competition was renamed Sultan of Selangor’s Cup and is now a showcase of football talents for both sides.
Non-fan club members can get more details or register with TSSC secretriat at 012-2240 928.
Announcements and more information on the Sultan of Selangor’s Cup can be found on fb.com/sultanselangorcup.