“It will be a special moment for you all. We are expecting you all to give your best and entertain the fans. It will be a privilege for you to be part of this prestigious event,’’ said Abdul Karim, during a recent meeting with the students at the Shah Alam Stadium.
Selangor Education Department sports unit head Noor Azli Abdul Rahman is overseeing the programme to be performed after the match between the Selangor Veterans and their Singapore counterparts.
Noor Azli said the students are training daily for the event.
“We will also be part of the full rehearsal on Friday. The students are showing a lot of enthusiasm and we are convinced the fans are in for an enjoyable time,’’ said Noor Azli.
Besides the cheerleading performance, the organising committee has also invited local artistes Hafiz and Jamal Abdillah to perform their hit songs.
“There will also be a fireworks display before the start of the main match as well as a lucky draw, offering attractive electronic gadgets, which be conducted during half-time,’’ said Abdul Karim.
Both Selangor and Singapore are in the throes of their final preparations for the event, which was initiated by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah in 2001, to foster better relations between Selangor and Singapore.
At the time it was known as the Regent of Selangor Cup and Selangor Selection became the inaugural champions when they defeated the Singapore Selection 4-2.
With the coronation of the Sultan in 2003, the competition was renamed the Sultan of Selangor’s Cup. The main match is between the Selangor Selection and Singapore. A match between the Selangor veterans and their counterparts from Singapore will be the curtain-raiser.
This year’s Cup showdown will be the 12th edition. Last year, Selangor regained the trophy from the Lions when they won 3-1. The Red Giants, with goals from Safiq Rahim and Rozaimi Abdul Rahman (two), celebrated in front of 65,000 fans. Singapore’s goal came from Aleksander Duric.
Earlier, the Singapore Veterans edged their Selangor counterparts 2-1 in the curtain-raiser.
Singapore, who have won the trophy six times, have named a strong line-up for the match. Some of them include Hassan Sunny, Shariff Samat, Zulfadli Zainal Abidin and Shahdan Sulaiman, who were members of the Singapore team that played in the Merdeka Cup tournament.
In the veterans line-up are Fandi Ahmad, Malek Awab, V. Sundramoorthy and Razali Saad.
*Sumber Dari The Star