Going the extra mile

Going the extra mile
Singapore Under-23 defender Safuwan Baharudin (centre) scored against the Philippines during the international friendly match held at the Hougang Stadium.

SINGAPORE U-23 V PHILIPPINES U-23

With tickets to next month's South-east Asia (SEA) Games in Myanmar up for grabs, the Singapore Under-23s will surely not pull any punches when they face their Philippine counterparts in a friendly at the Hougang Stadium on Sunday.

It will be competitive, perhaps even intense, as the players look to convince coach Aide Iskandar they should be part of the mission to win Singapore's first football gold at the SEA Games.

There will be an edge to the game for the local side, but the game will also see football come together for a worthy cause.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has roped in its partners in a bid to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The FAS has waived organising costs for the game, with AirAsia sponsoring the flights of the Philippines team and their delegates.

Ticketing partners TicketBooth will supply all printed tickets and ticketing services for free, while Albert Court Village Hotel will bear the accommodation costs of the visitors.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Red Cross Singapore to aid their relief efforts, along with the entire amount collected from donations boxes on Sunday.

With the backing of their partners secured, the FAS hopes Singaporeans will get in on the act as well.

Said FAS president Zainudin Nordin: "We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that has struck the Philippines and the FAS would like to help with the relief effort in whichever way we can.

"Sports is a strong unifying force and we hope that all our fans will come together as One Singapore not only to show our support for the U-23 team but, more importantly, to show our solidarity with our neighbours in times of distress."

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