Kallang Roar for Tampines' AFC Cup bid

Troubled S-League club Tampines Rovers now need the 12th man more than ever after its Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup campaign is in the balance.

Yesterday evening, the Stags lost 3-2 at Bangladeshi outfit Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi in Dhaka. With one game left, Tampines are third in Group E, with seven points from five games. Selangor are second on eight points, one point adrift of Filipino side Ceres La Salle. Only the top two teams will progress.

But the Football Association of Singapore gave Tampines a boost yesterday when it confirmed that the showdown against Selangor will be played at the National Stadium on May 10.

The match was originally scheduled to be played at the smaller Jalan Besar Stadium but the Stags had requested for the fixture to be played at Kallang, which seats 55,000. V. Sundramoorthy's men will be the first S-League side to play at the Sports Hub.

Tickets for the must-win match will go on sale from noon today, with an adult ticket priced at $10 and a concession ticket at $4.

Stags chairman Krishna Ramachandra said the change of venue had nothing to do with the club's recent cash-flow problems.

When asked if the move to a bigger venue would boost the Stag's coffers, the lawyer said: "The two things are distinct - Singapore football and an internal club affair.

"This is not about Tampines Rovers, this is about Singapore football, and that's why the match was held there, to rally all of Singapore football fans to come."

Singapore Sports Hub chief executive officer Manu Sawhney said in a statement yesterday: "The match will bring added colour and vibrancy to our buzzing sporting calendar, which has had a great start this year and which we are committed to growing."

Alvin Chia

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2016, with the headline 'Kallang Roar for Tampines' AFC Cup bid'. Print Edition | Subscribe