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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2012 AFF Suzuki Cup Semi-final (2nd Leg) match tickets go on sale this Friday

The Football Association of Singapore is pleased to announce the ticketing details for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup 2012, Semi-Final match (2nd Leg) between Singapore and Philippines, scheduled to be played at Jalan Besar Stadium on 12 December 2012, 8pm.

Singapore topped Group B on goal difference after they secured wins over Malaysia (3-0) and Laos (4-3) and will now look forward to meeting Philippines in the semi-finals which will be played in a Home and Away format.

The 1st Leg match will be played at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila on 9 December and the 2nd Leg match on 12 December at Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore. Both matches will kick off at 8pm.
As part of the pre-match sales initiative, the match tickets for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012, Semi-Final match (2nd Leg) between Singapore and Philippines will go on sale, on Friday, the 7th December, from 10 am to 8 pm and on Saturday and Sunday, the 8th and 9th of December, from 12 pm to 6 pm. Ticket sales for this period will be open to HOME (Singapore) fans only.

For fans of the AWAY team (Philippines), the sale of tickets allocated to Philippines fans will be on Monday and Tuesday, the 10th and 11th of December, from 12pm to 8 pm.

We would like to advise fans to adhere to all security measures set in place for the match and purchase tickets only allocated for the team that you are supporting as there will be designated seating arrangements at the stadium on match-day. We seek your kind cooperation and understanding on this matter.

The ticketing details are as follow:
Pre-Match Sales for HOME (Singapore) fans only
Each person is entitled to purchase only up to four (4) tickets upon showing your NRIC at the sales counter.
Date & Time: Friday, 7 December – 10am to 8pm
                    Saturday, 8 December & Sunday, 9 December – 12pm to 6pm
Venue: Jalan Besar Stadium, North Gate (next to the swimming pool) (For HOME Fans - Singapore)

Prices are as follow:
AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 – Semi-Final Match (2nd Leg) Category Price
Singapore vs Philippines
Wednesday, 12 December 2012, 8pm
Grandstand S$18
Gallery S$10
King George’s Stand (KGS) S$10
*Concession (Gallery & KGS) S$3
*Students (Primary, Secondary, ITE, JC Students Only) and Senior Citizens have to produce their concession passes upon entry into the stadium. Concession tickets are also applicable to children aged 7 and below whom require a seat in the stadium.

Pre-Match Sales for AWAY (Philippines) fans only
Each person is entitled to purchase only up to four (4) tickets at the sales counter.
Date & Time: Monday, 10 December & Tuesday, 11 December – 12pm to 8pm
Venue: Jalan Besar Stadium, North Gate (For AWAY Fans** - Philippines)
Prices are as follow:
AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 – Semi-Final Match (2nd Leg) Category Price
Singapore vs Philippines
Wednesday, 12 December 2012, 8pm
Gallery S$10

**Away (Philippines) fans travelling on their own and/or with travel groups are advised to look out for the designated seating area at the match venue for Philippines fans. FAS urges all fans to stay safe and to be on their best sporting behaviour at all times. Kindly ensure that all security and safety measures set in place by the Tournament Organisers at the match venues are strictly followed at all times so as to facilitate the smooth running of the match-day operations.   We seek your kind cooperation and understanding on this matter.

Taken From Football Association of Singapore Website

AFF Suzuki Cup 2012: Singapore vs Laos [FULL MATCH][4-3]

AFF Suzuki Cup 2012: Singapore vs Laos [4-3][Goals]

LionsXII experiment coming good: Team spirit and familiarity from Malaysia competitions serving them well in Suzuki Cup

SINGAPORE - He started the first two group matches with eight LionsXII players and, when Singapore walked off the Shah Alam Stadium pitch last Saturday after securing their place in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup with a 4-3 victory over Laos, there were again eight players in the line-up who had spent the entire season playing in Malaysian competitions.

Indeed, the presence of so many LionsXII players in Radojko Avramovic's first XI in Kuala Lumpur suggests that the Football Association of Singapore's decision to send a team to compete in the Malaysian league and cup competitions - which was initially criticised as a step backwards for Singapore football - is starting to look like a shrewd tactical move.

On Saturday, the Lions play the Philippines in Manila, in the first leg of their semi-final tie.

Apart from captain Shahril Ishak, who was the LionsXII's top scorer during the Malaysian Super League and now heads the Suzuki Cup Golden Boot chart with four goals, centre-backs Baihakki and Safuwan Baharudin have also been putting in solid performances so far.

Indeed, Baihakki admitted that he was glad to see 12 LionsXII players winning their place in Avramovic's squad of 22.

"It's like we've built a family while playing in the LionsXII, and the players got to know each other so much better," he said.

Midfielder Isa Halim agreed.

"It has been beneficial because we are comfortable with each other, having played week in, week out together," he said. "The advantage is the understanding and telepathy of knowing where to run and where our team-mates will be."

However, even though he was an automatic pick for the LionsXII, Isa has found himself warming the bench for all three group matches, and he admits it has been tough.

"But it's not about me," he said. "It's about the team and the coach will choose his best players for every game. I'm just making sure I am always ready when I'm called upon."

The Lions lost both their friendlies against the Philippines this year - 2-0 at home in September and 1-0 in Cebu last month - and will want revenge in Saturday's opening leg at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila and the return leg at Jalan Besar next Wednesday.

"We've watched videos of our two defeats against them and have analysed our mistakes," said Shahril. "I know coach Raddy has a plan for us and we will play to his instructions."

Apart from playing to Avramovic's instructions, Baihakki, who was part of the winning squads for the 2004 and 2007 AFF Championships with Shahril, said there is currently a good vibe in the squad.

"It's another two hard games coming up. But this team has character, with players who have won this tournament before and a good mix of experienced and young players," he said. "There is a similar feeling this year to the winning campaigns of 2007 and 2004, and hopefully we will end up with the same result."

However, the Lions will be without midfielder Shi Jiayi for the semis. The China-born midfielder has flown to Shanghai to attend to a family emergency and will not be available for Saturday's match. He is also a doubt for the return leg.

The Lions fly to Manila at 10am tomorrow.

Taken from Today Online

Sufian Anuar takes a day off from football for Jamiyah Children's Home

Football playmaker, Sufian Anuar, spent his last day of holiday with 15 kids from Jamiyah Children's Home at Singapore Flyer. Aboard world's largest giant observation wheel, Sufian gave out his early presents for the kids.

"The kids are very happy and I can see that they have enjoyed the day, especially for those first-timers at the Flyer. We are very grateful to Singapore Flyer for giving this opportunity to the kids, for inviting them down and making them feel special and loved. Jamiyah Children's Home is looking forward to more meaningful collaborations with them", said Nur Farhanah Binte Raman, Education Officer at Jamiyah Children's Home.

Children from Darul Ma'Wa (Jamiyah Children's Home) were very happy to see their big brother whom they fondly call Abang Sufian. Aside from the Flyer, the kids got to do fun activities like being thrown 8-meters midair by MegaBounce, the first ever bungee assisted trampoline in the city and got to visit the Christmas Village in the Tropics.

"I'm very happy to be invited by Singapore Flyer. This is my first time to ride the wheel and spending it with the kids from Darul Ma'wa made it more special. It's also the last day of my holiday before the pre-season training and I'm very glad that I got to spend it with people who are very close to my heart", Sufian says.

Taken from Football Association of Singapore Website