Singapore Lions to participate in 2012 Malaysia Cup

(Pictured above: Fandi Ahmad (left) crying in victory after a last-gasp Malaysia Cup win against his former team, Pahang and the Singapore winning team that clinched the Malaysia League and Malaysia Cup double in 1994.)

A Singapore team will take part in the Malaysian Super League, Malaysia and FA Cups in 2012, after an absence of 17 years.

The Straits Times reported that the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) at the latter's headquarters in Selangor earlier today.

The team - called the Singapore Lions - will consist of national players below the age of 23 and five players above the age of 23.

Foreign players too will be fielded in accordance to a quota set in place by the competition rules.

Under the MOU, a Malaysian team - the Malaysian Tigers - which also comprises mainly Under-23 national players, will also join the S-League.

Under the four-year agreement, two other key initiatives were also mooted.

These include an increase in friendly matches between the national teams of the two countries, as well as the birth of a new annual tournament which will see the winners of both leagues do battle over two legs.

In the Straits Times report, FAS president Zainudin Nordin said, "There is always a special romance between Singapore and Malaysian football. The key points of this partnership cannot be achieved overnight, but these are positive developments and it's a win-win situation for both parties."

When Singapore won the Malaysia Cup
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