Lion City Sailors to play friendly against Tottenham Hotspur on Jul 26

The Singapore Premier League side will replace AS Roma after the Italian club had to reschedule its pre-season plans.

Nigel Chin

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Published: 12 July 2023, 12:00 PM

Local football club Lion City Sailors has been given an unique opportunity to take on English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly on Jul 26. 

The opportunity comes after Italian Serie A side AS Roma were forced to reschedule its pre-season plans, following issues with organisers of the South Korean leg of its Asian tour. 

The friendly is part of the Singapore Festival of Football, which will see English sides Liverpool and Leicester City, as well as German champions Bayern Munich play matches at the Singapore National Stadium. 

The Lion City Sailors currently sit third in the Singapore Premier League. They have recently signed former Sunderland defender and Australian international Bailey Wright and former Ajax forward Richairo Zivkovic. Among its ranks include Brazilian Diego Lopes and Belgian winger Maxime Lestienne, who currently leads the top scorers’ chart with 18 goals. 

They also boast Singapore internationals such as Shawal Anuar, Adam Swandi and Lions captain Hariss Harun. 

Tottenham are managed by Australian Ange Postecoglou, and boast the likes of Son Heung-min and James Maddison. Top striker Harry Kane still remains with the club, although Bayern, who will also play a friendly against Liverpool FC in Singapore, have made attempts to sign him. 

The match is one of the rare times a Singaporean club will get to take on a top European side. Usually, only a Singapore selection team or a Singapore national team will get the honour. 

Ticket holders with seats in the AS Roma section will be automatically refunded, said organisers TEG Sport. Other existing tickets remain valid, but ticket holders who wish to request for a refund can still do so online

Tickets to the Singapore Festival of Football are still available and can be purchased from the Ticketek website

Apart from the Lion City Sailors vs Tottenham Hotspur match, the festival will also see Liverpool take on Leicester on Jul 30 and Bayern on Aug 2. 

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