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Street soccer: Watching the World Cup in a Little India back lane

Sing Ave resident Rooban Kanth has placed his TV set outside his home to allow foreign workers to catch matches.

SINGAPORE: They may not have had a television set of their own, but that did not stop a group of about 50 workers from watching the World Cup semi-final early on Wednesday morning (July 9).

The workers - mainly from Bangladesh - gathered outside a terrace house along Sing Avenue near Little India to watch as Germany trounced hosts Brazil 7-1 to reach the World Cup final. Resident Rooban Kanth had placed his TV set outside his ground-floor home so that residents around the area and foreign workers could watch the match.

“It’s a great feeling to see so many people celebrating the World Cup,” Mr Kanth said. “I love football, so I try my best to reach out to everybody and share what I have. Screening the World Cup outside my house, I cater to a lot of workers and residents around my area, so I’m happy that we are all sharing and caring.”

The 26-year-old football fan said he tries his best to watch every game with the crowd. “The workers are very happy because there is nowhere in the area showing the matches. They look forward to me bringing out my TV every day; sometimes they come outside my house and ask me if I’m showing the game today.”

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