Special children to attend big match


(From right) Abd Karim presented tickets to Kamarudin with MPAJ president Abdul Hamid Hussain.

THE Sultan of Selangor’s Cup (TSSC) organising committee ended their promotional campaign on a touching note together with students from SMK Seri Keramat’s Special Needs Integration Programme (PPKI).

TSSC organising chairman Tan Sri Abd Karim Munisar, who presented the tickets to the school’s headmaster Kamarudin Kudong, said it was by far the most meaningful visit they had done in their effort to drum up support for this Saturday’s competition.

“After 17 editions, the annual football match between Selangor and Singapore remains a prestigious event that is close to the heart of Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

“This is not your typical football competition. It is the Sultan’s wish that football fans from all walks of life will be able to enjoy the annual event and this extends to the special children here,” he said after the ticket handover ceremony.

The committee will also designate an area which is closer to the pitch for the students and their families for ease of access and comfort as well as to be closer to the action as they join tens of thousands of supporters in the stadium.

A group shot of the students with the TSSC committee members. A total 36 students from SMK Seri Keramat’s Special Needs Integration Programme (PPKI) will get to enjoy this Saturday’s matches alongside thousands of other football fans this Saturday. — NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star
A group shot of the students with the TSSC committee members. A total 36 students from SMK Seri Keramat’s Special Needs Integration Programme (PPKI) will get to enjoy this Saturday’s matches alongside thousands of other football fans this Saturday. — NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

“We must walk the extra mile for them,” Abd Karim said.

Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) also chipped in to the efforts to give the students a memorable experience on the day by providing a bus specially for students, their families and teachers.

The children, who were all smiles on receiving the tickets, performed a cultural dance for the committee.

Aleff Imran Kamal Azlan, 14 said he was happy to receive the free tickets and was looking forward to enjoying the game with his friends.

SMK Seri Keramat headmaster Kamarudin Kudong thanked the committee for considering the school to be part of their promotional campaign and to MPAJ for extending their invite to the 36 students in the PPKI as well as their families and teachers.

“Even though these students are affected by autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other learning disabilities, they are strong spirited and have their own abilities.

“Some of them enjoy watching football while some like to play football too.

Students from SMK Seri Keramat’s Special Needs Integration Programme (PPKI) performing a cultural dance for the organising committee during the ticket handover ceremony.
Students from SMK Seri Keramat’s Special Needs Integration Programme (PPKI) performing a cultural dance for the organising committee during the ticket handover ceremony.

“Come Saturday they will get to experience the atmosphere of being in a packed stadium and will hopefully be inspired to one day become an athlete,” said Kamarudin, who will be joining the students at the stadium.

Some 500 tickets were handed over to the school with Abd Karim promising that more would be made available upon request.

Abd Karim also took the opportunity to donate an air-conditioning unit for the students’ classroom with SMK Seri Keramat Alumni president Zainol Abidin Mohamed.

The 17th edition of the competition this Saturday will see three trophies up for grabs during the Selangor-Singapore Schools Challenge, a Veterans match between football legends from both sides as well as the main Selangor-Singapore Selection match.

The organisers are expecting another full house at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.

Football fans will be in for a treat at this year’s event promises an elaborate opening show as well as performances in between the three matches to spice up the proceedings.

A brand new Honda City sedan will also be up for grabs by one lucky ticket holder with a purchased ticket.

Last year, the Singapore Selection beat the Red Giants 3-2, while the Singapore and Selangor Veterans shared the trophy after a goalless draw.

The Singaporeans also took the inaugural Under-16 Cup after clinching a 4-3 victory on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Some of the players that fans can look forward to catching in action this year are Selangor’s Rufino, Norazlan Razali, Soh Chin Aun as well as Singapore’s Fandi Ahmad, Aide Iskandar and Malek Awab.

So far, more than 45,000 tickets have been sold with some 45 buses set to ferry Singaporean fans for the big day.

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