BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
This year's edition of the Sultan of Selangor's Cup will be played on August 25, and the Selangor Selection side will this year be represented by mostly players from PKNS FC, as well as Selangor's Rufino Segovia and Amri Yahyah.
Interestingly, one Singaporean player has also been called-up to the Selangor Selection team; PKNS winger and Singapore international Faris Ramli.
The 22 players who will feature for @the_pknsfc in The Sultan of Selangor's Cup against Singapore (Selection?) this 25 Aug, including @FASelangorMy's @DelRufino and Amri Yahyah. pic.twitter.com/raYpzoOdpC — Zulhilmi Zainal❤💛 (@zulhilmibzainal) August 8, 2018
Having made his debut appearance in the competition last year for Singapore Selection, when he played for Home United, this edition will see him squaring off against his former teammates. He had also been called up to the Singapore Selection for the 2015 edition, but the match was cancelled at the last minute due to the breakout of haze.
When met by Goal after the promotional event for the match on Wednesday, the 25-year old admitted a certain awkwardness at playing against his former teammates this time around.
"It will feel a little different, admittedly. But I am a professional, I will do my best even though the opponents are a team from my home country.
"I will give my all in the match," said Faris on Tuesday.
When asked about the reception towards the cup across the Causeway, he noted that annual competition is an awaited event among the country's footballing fraternity.
"The competition is not without its own history to fans in Singapore and also Selangor, so it's definitely a much-awaited event.
"Plus Singapore Selection have won the last two editions, so the fans will want the team to make history by winning it for the third consecutive time. That's why it will be a special one this year," explained the former Super League and FA Cup winner.
This year's competition will be held at the Shah Alam Stadium and will also feature junior and veterans matches between the two former Malaysian football rivals. Selangor Selection will be led by PKNS head coach and former Malaysia boss Datuk Rajagobal Krishnasamy.
The previous year's competition, held in Singapore, was won by the hosts 3-2, with PKNS representing Selangor Selection for the first time ever.
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