'Malaysia? Again?' - Goal Singapore readers on Sports Hub opening game

Our fierce Causeway rivals have been chosen as the first opponents for the Singapore national team at the brand new National Stadium, but not many were impressed by the decision
Causeway rivals Malaysia have been confirmed as Singapore's first opponents at the brand new Sports Hub, which will open in the coming months.

The friendly will serve as the opening match to be played at the National Stadium and will be played on August 8, with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) keen to fill up the 55,000-seater venue.

"Now, people will ask us why we chose Malaysia," FAS president Zainudin Nordin said at a special preview event for the media on Thursday. "You know this rivalry has been going on for the longest time, it is one of the fiercest rivalries and I think it would be something all of us would want to see."

But the majority of Goal Singapore readers were not so impressed with the choice of opponent, with 69% indicating disapproval, having played our neighbours from across the border so often.

While both teams last played each other in a senior match in December 2012 at the opening game of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup, where Singapore emerged 3-0 winners at Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, the Under-23 sides most recently clashed at the 2013 SEA Games, where the Young Lions finished third. Prior to that, they also faced off in the Merdeka Tournament.

Supporters can at least look forward to separate friendlies against a top European club, top European country and top Asian nation, after Zainudin revealed that FAS are in "serious negotiations" to bring those three teams here within this year.