Tickets for Tampines' AFC Cup tie up for grabs

Tampines Rovers' Jermaine Pennant will be among the stars strutting their stuff when the Stags face Selangor in their must-win AFC Cup game at the National Stadium.
Tampines Rovers' Jermaine Pennant will be among the stars strutting their stuff when the Stags face Selangor in their must-win AFC Cup game at the National Stadium.ST FILE PHOTO

Tampines Rovers take on Malaysian giants Selangor in a must-win Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup group match next Tuesday and 50 lucky readers of The Straits Times will get to watch the match live for free.

The Stags, in partnership with ST, are giving away 10 sets of five tickets to the match, which will be played at the National Stadium.

It is the first time a local club is playing at the 55,000-seat venue since it re-opened its doors in 2014.

To stand a chance of winning the tickets, simply tell us why you deserve to win in 25 words or less.

E-mail your answer, together with your name, NRIC number and mobile number to fanclub@trfc.org.sg by noon on Sunday (May 8). The judges' decision will be final.

  • Ticket details

    AFC Cup Group E match 

    Tampines v Selangor 
    Adult: $10 
    Concession*: $4

    *Concession tickets are applicable to students aged 16 and below, and senior citizens aged 60 and above.

    Tickets are available at www.sportshubtix.sg

Tampines, who boast former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant and Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud in their ranks, need to beat Selangor to qualify for the knockout stages of the AFC Cup.

With only one game left, the Stags are third with seven points, one behind Selangor and two behind leaders Ceres of the Philippines. The top two teams qualify for the next stage.

V. Sundramoorthy's men triumphed 1-0 at the Selayang Stadium in the reverse fixture.

Tampines chairman Krishna Ramachandra said he hopes the match will evoke memories of the intense Singapore-Selangor rivalry of the 1980s, when the likes of Samad Allapitchay and Fandi Ahmad went toe to toe against Mokhtar Dahari and Soh Chin Aun.

"Most of the Singapore national players are playing and for them, it goes beyond Tampines Rovers - they are playing for national pride. So I hope we get the support of many Singaporeans, even non-football fans - who will hopefully get the bug and start supporting local football in general," said Krishna.

"I would love to see a lot of cheering, shouting and standing up at key moments, no matter how comfortable the stadiums seats are. Our players need the 12th man for this game and I hope the fans step up."

Midfielder Fahrudin Mustafic added: "I never thought I would make an appearance in the new National Stadium as I'm no longer in the national team and this is a wonderful opportunity. The vibe in the dressing room is positive and hungry for all the upcoming matches.

"We need all our fans to come to the stadium and support us."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2016, with the headline 'Tickets for Tampines' AFC Cup tie up for grabs'. Print Edition | Subscribe