Football: Singapore Selection side eye bragging rights over Selangor rivals for third straight year

Home United are the best represented with nine players involved, including Shahril Ishak (above, centre).
Home United are the best represented with nine players involved, including Shahril Ishak (above, centre).NEW PAPER FILE PHOTO

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Selection side will aim to make it a hat-trick of consecutive victories at this year's Sultan of Selangor's Cup and take the lead in the head-to-head record when they take on Selangor away at the Shah Alam Stadium on Aug 25.

Singapore won 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 2016 and beat Selangor 3-2 last year to level the series at eight apiece. They were declared joint winners in 2004.

The squads for this year's competition were announced at a ticket presentation ceremony at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday (Aug 1).

Singapore Selection coach Aidil Sharin has called up 21 players - including four foreigners - from seven Singapore Premier League (SPL) clubs. Home United are the best represented with nine players involved, including playmaker Shahril Ishak. SPL champions Albirex Niigata are also represented by forwards Adam Swandi and Shuhei Hoshino.

Teo Hock Seng, delegation head of the Singapore team, said: "The Sultan of Selangor's Cup has been a key highlight in our local football calendar since its inception in 2001.

"In all that we do, fans are the beating heart of football. They bring the game to life and we want to recognise that, hence this symbolic gesture from the Selangor delegation to invite Singapore fans to join us in Shah Alam."

Rosli Saleh, Warriors FC fan and long-time supporter of the Sultan of Selangor's Cup, said: "I am definitely excited and looking forward to watch an exciting match.

"Together with my family, we will travel up to Selangor to support the three Singapore teams and I hope that they will bring back all three trophies."

The annual event will feature the traditional curtain-raiser match between the veterans, followed by the main match between the Singapore and Selangor Selection teams.

The Singapore-Selangor Schools Challenge Cup, which was introduced last year, will be contested for the first time by Under-16 boys from both sides.

Fans who want to buy match tickets at RM10 (S$3.35) each can do so with the various SPL clubs, or contact Akbar Hashim at akbarhashim68@yahoo.com or 9664-4942.