Legends inspire Para players

Legendary Lion Fandi Ahmad (left), playing for the ex-internationals against the S'pore Cerebral Palsy football team. The Asean Para Games are from Dec 3 to 9.
Legendary Lion Fandi Ahmad (left), playing for the ex-internationals against the S'pore Cerebral Palsy football team. The Asean Para Games are from Dec 3 to 9.PHOTO COURTESY OF BP CHUA

The Singapore cerebral palsy (CP) football team spiced up their Asean Para Games preparations with a seven-a-side friendly match against the country's former national stars on Sunday.

The game at the Premier Pitch in Balestier ended 8-3 to the ex-internationals, but the bonding session served as a motivational tool ahead of the Dec 3-9 Games.

The likes of Lions stalwarts Fandi Ahmad, Malek Awab and Rezal Hassan took to the field against the CP outfit, led by 29-year-old captain Khairul Anwar Kasmani.

Singapore coach Mohamed Zainudeen has also arranged for his team to go on a week-long training tour to Osaka next month.

The Games' CP football competition will be held at the 55,000-seat National Stadium. Myanmar won the gold at the 2014 edition which they hosted, beating Singapore in the final.

Sanjay Nair

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2015, with the headline 'Legends inspire Para players'. Print Edition | Subscribe