Team Singapore Unite: Footballers surprise footballers for a friendly
It has been a very busy past two weeks for our lions who were involved in two home games for the World Cup Qualifiers against Syria and Japan. One of the biggest supporters of the Lions would be a man who will lead Team Singapore CP Football Team this December, none other than Khairul Anwar. “There has been a lot of pressure on us to perform on home soil this year. Watching the Lions play under such pressure for the past two games has been a learning lesson for me.”
To be on the same pitch as them and have a game against them was something that has never even crossed Khai’s mind, and certainly none of his teammates as well. The national team boys and even local legend Fandi Ahmad took time off their hectic schedules to play against the CP National Team.
Despite the scorching heat the CP boys wasted no time showing their composure, stroking the ball from left to right. Both captain and vice-captain for the CP Football team were side lined due to injuries; this left their number 7 Suhaimi Bin Sudar to fill in the shoes of leading the team!
As the game went on it was the host who got the first goal against Fandi Ahmad who opted to play keeper. This prompted a quick response from the visitors with two goals in quick succession from Hafiz Sujad and Fazrul Nawaz. Just before the break, Taufiq from CP Football grabbed an equaliser and to spark a wave of attacks to follow. There was even a cheeky attempt to lob Fandi Ahmad from a distance but the prolific goal scorer himself showed his worth as the pillar between the sticks to keep the score tied at the break.
The tempo of the second half kicked off exactly how the first half ended as both sides did not hesitate to test the goalkeepers out forcing them into action almost immediately. Baihakki Khaizan son, Mika also got into the thick of the action forcing Mustaqim Ismail into a string of saves from the guest to keep the host in the game.
(Baihakki Khaizan son, Mika, taking a shot at goal)
Coach Zai, head coach of the CP Football Team organised the friendly into a shorter 20 minutes per half. An additional twenty minutes for his team to have a chance they have always been longing for, to be team mates with Singapore’s brightest football talents. Coach Zai mixed the teams up and even Izwan Mahbud took the opportunity to flaunt his ‘playmaker’ abilities against his fellow teammates and even attempted a ‘Xabi Alonso’ from the halfway line against Shakir Hamzah who was in goal. It was end to end stuff during this period as a combination of quick supporting play by Jeremiah and Izzdin for their respective teams and precise finishing from strikers.
It was all smiles and joy at the end and a great way to end of a tiring and intensive week for all the players. Singapore national vice-captain, Hariss Harun shared his views; “It was a really good opportunity for us to be able to show our support to our fellow athletes as they have done so for us. We are One Team Singapore and the upcoming ASEAN Para Games would be the right way to end of our SG 50 year by rallying behind our athletes! For us national team players, it is a privilege for us as well to get a chance to play with them and we will definitely be there supporting them.”
There is no better way to define sportsmanship by witnessing athletes supporting athletes. Today was an example of how sports can unite everyone by embracing the true nature of sport. As we count down towards the ASEAN Para Games, we at Dis.Is.Able would like to wish the CP Football Team and the rest of the athletes participating this December all the best! #youhaveoursupport
Photos by: www.shutterboxstudio.org