SINGAPORE - The Sultan of Selangor's Cup returns to Singapore for the first time since 2009 and Fandi Ahmad hopes that home comforts will give the host a boost.
The May 6 exhibition match between a selection team from the Malaysian state and the S-League will be held at the National Stadium.
Fandi will coach the Singapore team and the former Lions captain is eager to even the head-to-head record, which Selangor now leads 7-6.
He said during Friday's (March 17) press conference: "It's all about friendship but it's also a match between two main rivals. Everytime we step onto the pitch, whether is it for 10 minutes or an entire game, we can feel the rivalry.
"It's kind of a reunion for us, but we've got to bring the best players because we want to win it."
Neither side's squad list has been confirmed but Fandi was keen to send out a strong line-up. He named local veteran striker Khairul Amri, 32, and Garena Young Lions' Hami Syahin, 18, as players he would like to recruit.
This year's edition will also see a new Singapore-Selangor Schools Challenge Cup, pitting Under-16 players from the Singapore Sports School and a combined schools team from Selangor.
Organising co-chairman Tan Sri Dato Abdul Karim Munisar said he has already booked 120 buses to ferry Selangor fans across the Causeway for the match, and he promised to fill 10,000 seats inside the 55,000-seat venue.
Not wanting to be outdone, Fandi joked: "We just need a bit more... 15,000. Mr Teo (Hock Seng, the organising co-chairman) will provide."