Fandi targets SOS Cup win with mix of youth and experience
Singapore Selection coach targets SOS Cup win with mix of youth and experience
The past, present and future of Singapore football will be on display at the Sultan of Selangor's (SOS) Cup at the National Stadium on May 6.
The annual friendly series, which pits a Singapore selection side against one from Selangor as its main event, is into its 16th edition but will be hosted by Singapore for the first time in eight years.
There will also be a traditional curtain-raiser match played between legends from past Singapore and Selangor teams - a regular fixture since the inception of the SOS Cup in 2001.
This year, organisers have introduced another game before the legends match - a clash between the Singapore Sports School's Under-16 side and the Selangor Combined Schools team, giving fans a chance to catch a glimpse of potential future national players.
As for the main match, Fandi Ahmad, coach of the Singapore Selection side, revealed to The New Paper that he is looking to call up four players set to play key roles for the national Under-22 team at the South-east Asia Games in Kuala Lumpur in August.
They are Garena Young Lions duo - striker Taufik Suparno and midfielder Hami Syahin -and Home United's midfielder Adam Swandi and defender Irfan Fandi, who is Fandi's eldest son.
I want us to play free-flowing and attacking football, and I hope we can entertain the fans and win the game.Singapore Selection head coach Fandi Ahmad
The quartet are on Fandi's 25-man shortlist, which he will whittle down to 20 closer to the SOS Cup.
"It's a good chance for people to see our younger players and the potential they have," the local football icon told The New Paper.
"I want us to play free-flowing and attacking football, and I hope we can entertain the fans and win the game."
Adam, who has shone as part of a Protectors side who have started the season impressively by winning eight of their 11 games in all competitions, is looking forward to strutting his stuff on the hallowed National Stadium turf for the first time.
"I feel very honoured to be shortlisted for the Singapore Selection team," said the 21-year-old, who spent two years at French club FC Metz in his teens.
"It's my first time playing in the event and the fact that it will be held at the National Stadium definitely adds to the excitement.
"Hopefully, everything goes well and I will be able to experience this prestigious game."
Adam and his fellow young guns will be guided by experienced heads such as national skipper Shahril Ishak, who plays for Warriors FC, and vice-captain Hariss Harun, who plays for Home on loan from Malaysian side Johor Darul Ta'zim.
Fandi has also called up three foreign S.League players in Albirex Niigata defender Yasutaga Yanagi and midfielder Kento Nagasaki, as well as Home's in-form striker Stipe Plazibat.
Fandi, 54, told TNP that he is relishing leading a team out at the National Stadium for the first time as head coach, and hopes a strong turnout from fans will make the day even more memorable for him.
"I feel honoured that Mr Teo (Hock Seng, SOS Cup organising co-chairman) asked me to lead the Singapore Selection side," said Fandi.
"The important thing is I hope the fans will come and support us. If we can have a big crowd and great atmosphere, it would be fantastic."
What: Sultan of Selangor's Cup 2017
When: May 6 (Saturday)
Where: National Stadium
- 5pm: Singapore Sports School v Selangor Combined Schools
- 6.30pm: Singapore Veterans v Selangor Veterans
- 7.45pm: Singapore Selection v Selangor Selection
Singapore teams need the 12th man
Come May 6, it's time for local football fans to step forward and be counted.
Malaysian media have reported that 122 busloads of Selangor supporters will be crossing the Causeway on that day to cheer on the Malaysian sides who will take on their Singapore counterparts in the Sultan of Selangor's (SOS) Cup at the National Stadium.
Organising co-chairman Abdul Karim Munisar has promised to fill up 10,000 seats and he may well meet his target.
But SOS Cup organising co-chairman Teo Hock Seng is hopeful that Singapore fans will make their presence felt and ensure they do not get outnumbered by the travelling supporters.
Tickets for the match are priced at $8 for adults and $3 for concession holders, excluding ticketing fees.
Concession tickets are applicable to students aged 16 and below, and senior citizens aged 60 and above. Children aged four and above must purchase a ticket for admission.
Infants in arms and children under four years of age may be admitted free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat.
Tickets are available via www.sportshubtix.com, and the SportsHub Box Office, SingPost outlets and the Sports Hub hotline (+65 3158 7888).
Win tickets to watch Sultan of Selangor's Cup
In partnership with the Football Association of Singapore, The New Paper is giving away 10 pairs of adult tickets worth $16 a pair to 10 lucky readers to watch the Sultan of Selangor's Cup at the National Stadium on May 6.
Simply answer the following question: Who is the head coach of the Singapore Selection team?
E-mail your answer along with your full name, NRIC number (last four digits without the alphabet) and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11pm on Monday.
Winners will be notified to collect the tickets.