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Football: Singapore vs Malaysia tie postponed

The first football match at the new National Stadium between Singapore and Malaysia, which had been scheduled for August 8, has been postponed. 

SINGAPORE: The football match between Singapore and traditional rivals Malaysia, scheduled for August 8, has been postponed.

It was slated to be the first match to be played at the new National Stadium.

In its place, Channel NewsAsia understands that the FAS is looking to organise a local community football event involving past and present Singapore players. 

A statement from the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said the game will be rescheduled to a later date, as more time is needed to prepare for the event.

"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.

He added that a high turnout had been expected, and the FAS wants to ensure a truly memorable experience for spectators.

Football Association Malaysia General Secretary Dato Hamidin also said that the FAS has been in touch, and that he understood why it has decided to postpone the game.

"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," he said.

The visit of Italian Serie A giants Juventus, set for August 16, could now be the first official football match played at the stadium.

And the availability of the national team could mean they will take on the Italians instead of a Singapore Selection.

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