The Causeway Derby fixture was announced as the first football match to be played at the new National Stadium but has now been indefinitely postponedFootball Association of Singapore (FAS) have announced that the scheduled opening match for the new Sports Hub National Stadium between Singapore and Malaysia has been postponed.
The fixture was first announced in February by FAS President Zainudin Nordin at a media event at the new Stadium and was set to be played on August 8, a day before Singapore's 49th independence day celebrations.
In a media statement released on Saturday night, FAS stated that they needed 'more time to prepare' given the expected huge turnout.
"The initial response to the game has been very encouraging, confirming our belief that a Singapore-Malaysia game will always be a major crowd-puller," said FAS General Secretary, Winston Lee.
"Given the high turnout expected, and to ensure a truly memorable experience and spectacle for every spectator, FAS have concluded that it will need more time to prepare for the event."
Lee also added that FAS was working closely with Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to reschedule the match, promising to announce a new date for the fixture at an opportune time.
Meanwhile FAM have expressed their understanding at the fixture change and were eager to see the match played at a later date.
"FAS have been in touch with us, and we understand why they have decided to postpone the game," said FAM General Secretary Dato Hamidin.
"Given the good relations and long footballing history between the two countries, we remain very keen to have a Singapore-Malaysia game at the new National Stadium, and we will be working closely with the FAS to find another suitable date."
As it stands the match between Juventus and a Singapore Selection side set for August 16 will be the first football match played at the new National Stadium slated to open later this year.