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League Cup holders Brunei DPMM will have to wait to defend their title

League Cup semis and finals postponed due to haze

League Cup holders Brunei DPMM will have to wait to defend their title

Muhammad Farhan

The matches are slated to be rescheduled to the first two weeks of September, while the Malaysian Super League game between LionsXII and Johor Darul Takzim could be affected too

The worsening weather conditions caused by the haze have forced the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) to postpone the StarHub League Cup semi-finals and finals, which were scheduled for June 20 and June 23 respectively. 

Albirex Niigata and Woodlands Wellington were due to play Balestier Khalsa and Brunei DPMM in the semi-finals. Those games, along with the finals, which includes the Plate final between Courts Young Lions and Harimau Muda, have now been rescheduled to the period between September 2 and 15.

Also falling victim to the hazy circumstances is the White Swans’ inaugural Jurong Cup.

The youth tournament was originally scheduled for June 22 but it has now been postponed to a later date due to the health hazards posed by the haze. 

The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) has been hovering around 150-250 in the past few days, which is in the "unhealthy" and "very unhealthy" level, as stated by the National Environment Agency.

If the haze conditions does not improve over the next few days, the Malaysian Super League (MSL) match between league leaders LionsXII and second place Johor Darul Takzim might also be affected. 

The match is scheduled to take place at the Jalan Besar Stadium on June 22 and the authorities are continuing to monitor the weather conditions and endeavouring to proceed with the game if possible.

An announcement will be made at the appropriate time only if the MSL game needs to be postponed.

Meanwhile, S.League clubs like Home United have also taken steps to reduce the impact of the haze on players during training, even as a club statement has acknowledged that the conditions have not been conducive for players to train at "optimum levels".

"Aside from the scheduled rest days, our training regime remains on track," the statement read.

"The team is however subject to health advisory notifications and undertakes the necessary precautions. For instance, more water breaks have been imposed during training sessions to assist with rehydration and to minimize eye and respiratory irritation."