Readers can get 25% off for World Cup qualifiers

Subscribers of The Straits Times can enjoy an exclusive 25 per cent discount for tickets to Singapore's crucial double-header of World Cup football qualifying matches next month.

The Lions will face Afghanistan on Oct 8 and Cambodia on Oct 13 at the National Stadium, as they jostle with Syria and Japan in Group E to advance to the third round.

ST subscribers will receive a promotional code, which they can use while booking their tickets online to get their exclusive discount, courtesy of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

Bookings must be made by Oct 13 to enjoy the discount. To book online, visit sportshubtix.

The October qualifiers will also see two Lions stalwarts - Shahril Ishak and Khairul Amri - being honoured by the FAS.

Shahril made his international debut at the tender age of 19, and was made captain of the national team in 2010. He led the Lions to the AFF Suzuki Cup title in 2012 and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

The 31-year-old's next Lions match will mark his 134th cap, the most by any Singaporean footballer. To commemorate this occasion, FAS official apparel partner Nike is presenting him with a customised pair of boots engraved with his name, his jersey number 17 and the number 134.

Amri earned his 100th cap in last month's friendly against Qatar, a testament to his goal-scoring qualities as he overcame serious injuries early in his career.

Similarly, Nike will be presenting the 30-year-old - who made his international debut in 2004 - with a specially customised pair of boots to mark his entry into the "100 Club".

AirAsia, FAS' official airline sponsor, will also present each player with a pair of tickets to either South Korea or Japan.

Amri hopes to have a sell-out, 55,000-strong crowd at both World Cup qualifiers - not just to witness him and Shahril get their honorary awards, but also to spur the Lions to victory.

"I feel very honoured to get to my 100th cap," he said.

"It's every player's dream, it's a privilege which I am proud of.

"Having a full stadium makes a difference. It will make the opponents more scared and nervous. And it will motivate us and make us go all out, to give everything for the game. It's a big motivation, especially because we don't want to disappoint the supporters."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2015, with the headline 'Readers can get 25% off for World Cup qualifiers'. Print Edition | Subscribe