FAS ● Sep 20, 2018
Singapore Selection team to take part in The Sultan’s Gold Cup 2018
SINGAPORE, 18 SEPTEMBER 2018: – The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced today that it will be sending a Singapore Selection Team, comprising mainly players from the National Football League (NFL), to participate in The Sultan’s Gold Cup 2018 organised by the Persatuan Bolasepak Melayu Malaysia (Malay Football Association of Malaysia).
As part of the FAS’ continued objectives to develop NFL players by giving them opportunities beyond the domestic league, NFL players from both Division One and Two were invited to attend selection trials to form the team. NFL officials are also part of the backroom staff, so that they will be able to further develop their management capabilities.
The team will be led by Head Coach Nazri Nasir, who will have former Singapore international Noh Rahman as Assistant Coach and Fitness Coach. They will be assisted by Team Manager Harman Ali from NFL Division Two side GFA Victoria. The final Singapore Selection squad for the 78th edition of the tournament comprises players from six NFL clubs as well as six Under-21 players.
This year, The Sultan’s Gold Cup will be held at Lembah Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25 September to 20 October and comprises four groups. Singapore has been drawn in Group D alongside Persatuan Bolasepak Melayu Selangor, Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) and Penjara FC.
FAS President, Mr Lim Kia Tong, said: “We would like to thank Persatuan Bolasepak Melayu Malaysia for the invitation to take part in this year’s The Sultan’s Gold Cup, a long-running tournament with much prestige and history. Fielding a team of mostly NFL players is also in line with FAS’ initiatives to provide opportunities for our NFL players to compete at a higher level beyond the NFL League in reputable competitions. I wish Nazri and his team all the best and I am sure they will do us proud.”
Mr Zaki Ma’arof, Chairman of the Singapore Selection Team that will be participating in the Sultan Gold Cup 2018, concurred and noted that the team can call upon some of the best NFL players, such as current Division 1 top scorer Zulkiffli Hassim.
“The selection of this team shows that we are taking this competition very seriously,” he said. “Most are experienced campaigners in the local football scene, while the addition of the Young Lions players will provide a good blend of youth and inject energy.
“The Sultan’s Gold Cup is very keenly contested at a good level of football and provides a platform for the NFL players to shine. It also provides our amateur players the opportunity to be scouted, especially so with FAS coach Nazri leading the team for this edition.
“Nazri himself is a former Singapore captain and has also played in this tournament previously, when the team reached the semi-finals in 2009, so he is well placed to guide this current side. I would like to also commend and thank the FAS in coming forward in full support and giving such opportunities for amateur players.”
Established in 1922, The Sultan’s Gold Cup is an annual amateur football competition that sees participation from Malaysian state representative teams and an invitational team from Singapore.
Singapore have won the competition 12 times, with their last triumph coming in 1983, and last progressed from the group stages in 2013 when they reached the quarter-finals. The group stage matches take place from 25 to 30 September, with the knock-out stages to be played from 6 October onwards.
The Sultan’s Gold Cup 2018 Schedule
|25 September 2018||Penjara FC vs Singapore Selection|
|26 September 2018||ATM vs Singapore Selection|
|28 September 2018||Selangor vs Singapore Selection|
|6 October 2018||Quarter-finals|
|13 October 2018||Semi-finals|
|20 October 2018||Final|
Please find below the squad list for your reference.
Singapore Selection Team
|1||Fairol Abdullah||GK||GFA Victoria FC|
|2||Siddiq Durimi||GK||GFA Victoria FC|
|3||Prakash Raj||DF||Young Lions|
|4||Akhbar Ali Shah||DF||Warwick Knights FC|
|5||Nur Asyidiq Sukarto||DF||Yishun Sentek|
|6||Samuel Benjamin s/o Nadarajah||DF||GFA Sporting Westlake|
|7||Nazhiim Harman||DF||Young Lions|
|8||Syed Amirul Haziq||DF||Yishun Sentek|
|9||Irfan Asyraf Aziz||DF||Young Lions|
|10||Hafiz Osman||MF||Warwick Knights FC|
|11||Nur Ridho Jafri||MF||Yishun Sentek|
|12||Zulkiffli Hassim||MF||Yishun Sentek|
|13||Nur Na’iim Ishak||MF||Yishun Sentek|
|14||Fazli Jaffar||MF||Yishun Sentek|
|15||Nashrul Amin Sanusi||MF||Bukit Timah Juniors|
|16||Rusyaidi Salime||MF||Young Lions|
|17||Amirul Hakim||MF||Young Lions|
|18||Asshukrie Wahid||MF||Young Lions|
|19||Syed Firdaus Hassan||MF||Young Lions|
|20||Nor Azli Yusoff||MF||Unattached|
|21||Yusiskandar Yusop||MF||GFA Victoria FC|
|22||Ifwat Ismail||FW||Young Lions|
|23||Amirul Walid||FW||Jungfrau Punggol FC|
|24||Nur Hidayat Juhari||FW||GFA Sporting Westlake|
|25||Sharul Nizam Anwar||FW||Young Lions|
|26||Danial Syafiq||FW||Young Lions|
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