TMJ hints Khairy may play in new JDT stadium's curtain-raiser


JOHOR BARU: Football fans can expect football superstars to feature in another all-star match soon, which could even feature former youth and sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

In a Facebook post on Friday (July 12), Johor Crown Prince Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim said the match would be organised to commemorate the opening the new Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) stadium.

He also said that he could not wait to play together with Khairy at the during official opening of the new stadium.

"You have contributed tremendously in sports and serving the country," he said.

Tunku Ismail also posted a picture of him with his arm around Khairy, who was holding up six fingers to signify the number of consecutive Malaysian Super League titles the Southern Tigers had won.

JDT last held a charity all-stars match at the Larkin Stadium on June 30, which featured football legends such as Rivaldo, Bebeto, Florence Malouda, Robert Pires, Louis Saha, David Trezeguet and Marco Materazzi, among others.

The match successfully raised RM680,000 for various charities, including the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation.

JDT will be moving to the new 40,000-seater Sultan Ibrahim Larkin Stadium in Iskandar Puteri early next year.

It will replace JDT's current 30,000-seater Tan Sri Datuk Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, which is popularly known as the Larkin Stadium.