Led by Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainudin Nordin, Singapore's footballing fraternity paid their respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew at Toa Payoh Central Community Club on Friday morning.
Zainudin led FAS staff and 198 players and officials from local Great Eastern-Yeo's S-League clubs - Balestier Khalsa, Geylang International, Home United, Hougang United, Tampines Rovers and Warriors FC to pay tribute to Mr Lee. Players from the LionsXII, Courts Young Lions and various Centre of Excellence and National Football Academy age-group teams also attended.
"The footballers are all part of Singapore's history and we rallied together to remember a great man, his contributions to Singapore sports and its history and all that he has done for this country," said Zainudin, who is also a Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.
The FAS chief recalled Mr Lee, Singapore's first Prime Minister, had previously asked him why is Formula One a popular sport. Said Zainudin: "He continued to learn, even at his age. Even as Singapore went through changes, he wanted to see how it developed."