: After many years, Singapore returns to the Malaysia League. As a fan of the league till it ended in 1994, I wanted to see if the Kallang Roar had indeed returned.
I attended the first match against reigning champions Kelantan, and then the second home match against KL. Singapore lost the first match but this time, they beat KL 2-1, their first win of the league.
Here are some of the images I captured at the KL match.
The KL team warming up
Juma’at Jantan has a hold on his opponent.
A “Platoon” Moment
Team Captain Shahril Ishak on the attack.
Irwan Shah sweats it out at Jalan Besar Stadium
A corner kick is taken, but no goal this time
The happy face tells you who won
Interviews at the Mixed area
Speaking to the media is serious business
To fully appreciate our return to the Malaysia Cup, it’s always good to get a little background. After all, it has been almost two decades and some of you weren’t even born then.
This annual tournament started way back in 1921, when it was called the Malaya Cup. After a break during the war, it became the Malaysia Cup in 1967. Led by the legendary Fandi Ahmad, Singapore brought home the Cup in 1994. Sadly it was to be our last match (or so it seemed).
Then in 2011, the football associations of Singapore and Malaysia agreed to develop the sport and forge closer ties. Football fans can now look forward to a whole lot more matches between our two countries, the first of which was the Malaysia Cup.