Football: Straits Times readers win trip to Manchester for City-Spurs EPL game

Manchester City fan Kee Siak Hooi will get the chance to watch his team in action at the Etihad Stadium on Dec 16 against Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester City fan Kee Siak Hooi will get the chance to watch his team in action at the Etihad Stadium on Dec 16 against Tottenham Hotspur. PHOTO: KEE SIAK HOOI

SINGAPORE - Manchester City fan Kee Siak Hooi will be at the Etihad Stadium on Dec 16 to watch his team in action against fellow English Premier League (EPL) side Tottenham Hotspur, courtesy of his winning The Straits Times-Mundipharma contest that ran last month.

The 58-year-old won two tickets and will be making the trip to Manchester with his son Kia Weng, who is a Liverpool fan.

"Wow, I'm absolutely delighted. I watched Liverpool play Chelsea at Anfield in January when I was on a family day and that was my first live EPL game so to get to go to another so soon is great news," said the trader. "I'm looking forward in particular to seeing (Argentinian striker) Sergio Aguero."

Besides the tickets, the Kees' trip to Manchester will also include economy-class airfare, accommodation for two nights at a four-star hotel, two-way airport transfers plus a tour of the Etihad.

Mundipharma, which has its regional headquarters in Singapore, is Manchester City's official healthcare product partner after signing a three-year deal last year.

Joining Kee at the Etihad is fellow contest winner Andrew Tng, who will be going with his wife Josephine.

The distribution service manager has been a keen admirer of City manager Pep Guardiola for many years, and is happy he will finally get his chance to see a Guardiola team play live.

"I have been following him since (he was at) Barcelona and Bayern Munich. His style of possession football at City has really injected a breath of fresh air to the EPL," said Tng, 46.

ST and Mundipharma previously held a similar contest in April, with the winners then getting to watch City play cross-town rivals Manchester United at the Etihad in an April 27 game that ended 0-0.