Singapore to host and defend SOS Cup at the National Stadium

The Sultan of Selangor Cup returns to Singaporean shores for the first time in eight years and will be played on May 6 at the National Stadium.

Selangor’s selection side will make the short trip across the Causeway to take on a Singapore selection coached by the Republic’s legendary striker Fandi Ahmad.

Selangor hold a slight edge in the main event with five victories compared to Singapore’s four, while five games have gone down to the wire in draws, resulting in joint winners.

"Generally we will try to focus on all the clubs ... so we've got to bring the best players. Even if the foreign club players are available, we will try to use them as well," Fandi said.

After seven years, we need to bring the best players and hopefully put on a good show for the fans

- Fandi Ahmad

"After seven years, we need to bring the best players and hopefully put on a good show for the fans."

Before the main event, the Singapore veterans side, helmed by the likes of ex-Lions captain Nazri Nasir, Malek Awab and V. Sundramoorthy, will go up against its Selangor counterparts.

Selangor veterans have the advantage in the traditional curtain-raiser, with seven wins over Singapore’s five. Only one year ended with both teams being crowned joint winners.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has also introduced a new element to the list, with a Singapore Sports School team facing off against the Selangor Combined Schools.

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Singapore won the previous edition of the SOS Cup

“The addition of the inaugural Singapore-Selangor Schools Challenge Cup match is to include and involve the youth who are our future and will further strengthen and ensure continuity in the traditional ties between Singapore and Selangor through football,” said Teo Hock Seng, co-chairman of the SOS Cup.

“I would like to thank FAS and Singapore Sports Hub for making this event at the National Stadium possible and we hope the fans from both sides of the Causeway will enjoy an evening of entertaining and exciting football in the true spirit and sporting rivalry between Singapore and Selangor.”

Selangor’s Tan Sri Dato Abdul Karim Munisar, chairman and team manager of the SOS Cup, is equally thrilled to renew the rivalry between the two sides this year.

He said: “We are proud to see the younger generation’s keen interest in the SOS Cup each year, coming to the Shah Alam Stadium every year with their family and friends to watch this unique and friendly tournament.

“We would like more of the younger generation to be given the opportunity to not only get to know the Selangor vs Singapore tradition in Malaysian football, but to also maintain the legacy and prestige of the SOS Cup.”

Photo: FAS