Ex-Portugal stars Deco, Nuno Gomes headline street football event at Sports Hub

Former Portuguese internationals Deco (centre) and Maniche (left). They are accompanied by Asia Pacific Breweries marketing director Rene de Monchy. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM 
Former Portuguese internationals Deco (centre) and Maniche (left). They are accompanied by Asia Pacific Breweries marketing director Rene de Monchy. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM 
Former Portugal midfielder Deco will be a part of the Tiger Street Football competition at the Singapore Sports Hub's Riverside Walk on Saturday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
Former Portugal midfielder Deco will be a part of the Tiger Street Football competition at the Singapore Sports Hub's Riverside Walk on Saturday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
(From left) Paulo Ferreira, Deco and Maniche attempt to kick a ball each into the dome of the National Stadium at the Sports Hub. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
(From left) Paulo Ferreira, Deco and Maniche attempt to kick a ball each into the dome of the National Stadium at the Sports Hub. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
Deco attempts to kick a ball into the dome of the National Stadium at the Sports Hub. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
Deco attempts to kick a ball into the dome of the National Stadium at the Sports Hub. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

Expect a dose of Portuguese starpower when the Tiger Street Football competition kicks off at the Singapore Sports Hub's Riverside Walk on Saturday.

Former international stalwarts such as midfielders Deco and Maniche, striker Nuno Gomes, defender Paulo Ferreira and goalkeeper Vitor Baia will feature in an exhibition match on the specially-designed court at the new Kallang facility. One contest winner from Singapore will also get to play in Deco's all-star lineup.

In the main tournament, eight street football sides from the likes of Singapore, Cambodia and Australia will compete for the US$40,000 (S$50,000) purse.

Entry is free, with the round-robin matches starting at 3pm on Saturday. The game featuring the ex-Portugal stars is expected to begin at 6pm. A meet-and-greet session with the players will be held at the end of the competition.