1977 Malaysia Cup heroes in action

1977 Malaysia Cup heroes in action
Football Malaysia Cup in 1977 - Doing a lap of honour after beating Penang in the 1977 Malaysia Cup final are (front row, from left) Lim Teng Sai, Edmund Wee, V. Khanisen and Zainal Abidin.

Singapore football fans are in for a special treat on Saturday, when the 1977 Malaysia Cup-winning team make a rare appearance for a good cause at the Padang.

Stars of yesteryear like striker Quah Kim Song, free-kick expert S. Rajagopal, former Lions skipper Samad Allapitchay and defender Robert Sim will lace up their boots in a friendly match against invited sponsors.

Open to the public, the game kicks off at 5.15pm and is part of a fundraising effort for the Children's Cancer Foundation.

Event organiser Quah said close to $100,000 had already been raised.

His new book - Pass Kim Song the per cent#@* ball! The Quah Kim Song Story - will also be launched at the event by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

While the 62-year-old will no longer be able to reprise his diving header winner in a 3-2 triumph over Penang at the 1977 Cup final, he called on fans to come and mingle with the golden oldies, who will be signing limited-edition posters of the iconic team.

Fabled Malaysian footballer Soh Chin Aun is expected to make an appearance.

Quah said: "I'm pleased that my former team-mates, many of whom don't like the limelight, are coming out for a special occasion. "It will be a fun evening of reminiscing the good old days of Malaysia Cup football."

The match, consisting of two 20-minute halves and followed by a private reception, will also feature Singapore players from later years such as R. Suriamurthi and Terry Pathmanathan.

nsanjay@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Jan 21, 2015.
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