Football: Fandi and co to play ex-Pool stars in Duric testimonial

Football: Fandi and co to play ex-Pool stars in Duric testimonial
Fandi Ahmad (left), Aleksandar Duric (second from left) and former Liverpool star Patrik Berger (right) at the press conference for the coming Castlewood Group Liverpool Masters football match.

To mark his retirement from competitive football, Duric, who is into his final season with S.League club Tampines Rovers, will feature in the Castlewood Group Liverpool Masters - a friendly match between the Liverpool Masters and a Singapore Selection.

The game, to be played at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Nov 15, will double up as a testimonial match for the Bosnia-born Singaporean, who will be part of the local legends team led by Fandi Ahmad and V Sundramoorthy.

Among the names pencilled in for the Liverpool Masters are former Liverpool stars Patrik Berger, Vladimir Smicer, Steve McManaman, and player-manager Ian Rush.

Duric, who made 54 appearances for the Lions, scoring 27 times, said he is "really honoured".

"I'm an Arsenal fan, but I don't think there's a better way to end my career than sharing a pitch with so many great players. "I grew up watching Ian Rush play for Liverpool and Juventus, so this is exciting for me.

"Believe it or not, this will also be the first time I will be playing with Fandi and Sundram. I can't wait."

300-GOAL MAN

Duric, the only player to pass the 300-goal mark in the S.League, was part of the Singapore side that lifted the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup. He announced his international retirement last year.

He has not decided if he will stay in football in another capacity.

He said: "One thing for sure is that Singapore is my home, and it's where I'm staying.

"I grew up here in many ways; as a man, as a player, and as a father (of three children)."

CASTLEWOOD GROUP LIVERPOOL MASTERS

WHO

Singapore Selection v Liverpool Masters

WHEN

Nov 15 (Sat), 7pm

WHERE

Jalan Besar Stadium

TICKETS

Tickets, priced from $7 to $30, are on sale at ticketbooth.com.sg. Fans who purchase tickets online before Nov 11, 12pm, will get the chance to win opportunities to dine with the teams, travel with them on the team buses and even sit beside the players on the team benches during the match. Winners will be picked during a lucky draw on Nov 12 when the Liverpool Legends arrive in Singapore.

SQUADS

SINGAPORE SELECTION

Fandi Ahmad, Steven Tan, V Sundramoorthy, Nazri Nasir, Malek Awab ,Rafi Ali, Shahri Rahim, Rezal Hassan, Lim Tong Hai, Dalis Supait, S Subramani, Zulkarnaen Zainal, Aide Iskandar, Aleksandar Duric, Nahar Daud and Syed Faruk

LIVERPOOL MASTERS

Jerzy Dudek, Vladimir Smicer, Stephane Henchoz, Steve McManaman, Steve Harkness, David Thompson, Markus Babbel, Michael Thomas, Phil Babb, Jari Litmanen, Bjorne Tore Kvarme, Robbie Fowler, Patrik Berger, Dietmar Hamann and Ian Rush.


This article was first published on October 03, 2014.
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