PETALING JAYA: The Red Giants will play against Indonesian club Persib Bandung in the inaugural Selangor Cup football match at the Shah Alam Stadium on July 31.
The FA of Selangor (FAS) president, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, said that the Selangor Cup would be an annual affair and future matches may feature world renowned clubs from Europe.
“If the Selangor Cup is well received and we continue to stamp our mark in Malaysian football, there is a possibility of inviting teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona or Liverpool,” he said after the launch of the Selangor Cup in Shah Alam yesterday.
Persib Bandung finished third in the Indonesian League this year behind champions Persipura Jayapura and Persiwa Wamena.
They have several past and present internationals in their ranks, among them striker Christian Gonzales, who is the joint top scorer with Boaz Solossa with 28 goals. And the foreigners in their side are Lorenzo Cananas (Paraguay), Nyeck Nyobe (Cameroon), Rafael Alfes Bastos and Hilton Moreira (Brazil).
The team’s assistant coach, former international Robby Darwis, was among the Indonesian delegation at the launch ceremony yesterday.
Selangor manager Zakaria Abdul Rahman did not rule out the possibility of his team including guest players for the match against Persib Bandung.
“We want to attract more fans and if we get the green light from the FAS president, we will work on it,” said Zakaria of having in their side Indonesians Bambang Pamungkas and Ellie Aiboy, who played key roles in Selangor’s trebles success in 2005.
Tickets for the match have been priced at RM10 (adults) and RM5 (children below 12-years-old).