Free tickets to AFC President's Cup 2013 finals

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MALACCA: Hardcore football fans are given free admission to watch the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President's Cup 2013 finals, scheduled to be held in Stadium Hang Jebat, Paya Rumput, from Sept 23 to Sept 29.

Malacca Football Association (MAFA) vice president, Datuk Abd Talik Bachek said football fans can simply walk in to the stadium to watch the group matches on (Sept 23, Sept 25, and Sept 27) and the final match on Sept 29.

"Those interested in watching the match can walk in to the Stadium Hang Jebat. We have open areas and main grandstand areas for the VIP seating.

"For open areas, entrance is free. However, the grandstand areas for VIP, VVIP and Category 1 and 2 tickets can be purchased at a minimum price of RM5, and up to RM10.

Abd Talik said the tickets allow fans to watch back-to-back matches, including the two group matches of the day, kicking off at 4.45pm and 7.45pm.

"We are proud to be able to host the competition here in Malaysia.

“Aside from collaborating with the AFC, MAFA also collaborated with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the state government to ensure all preparations are in order," he said at a press conference after the AFC President's Cup competition committee meeting, on Tuesday night.

Also present were Malacca Stadium Corporation executive director, Mohd Asrin Salikin, Melaka Tengah district traffic chief ASP V. Gunasegaran and AFC general coordinator, Subramanian Manickam.

Subramanian said the six teams are winners and runner-ups who advanced to the final stage after their group stage matches, held on May 6 to May 12 at a centralised venue in Cambodia, Nepal, and Philippines.

"They are Dordoi of Kyrgyzstan, Erchim FC of Mongolia, Three Star Club of Nepal, KRL FC of Pakistan, Alquds Hilal Club of Palestine, and Balkan of Turkmenistan, divided into two groups of three.

"The winner of each group will then contest in the final match on Sunday at 7.45pm.

"The overall winner of the AFC President's Cup will win US$50,000 (RM165,000); while the runner up will bag US$20,000 (RM66,000)," he said.

The teams from the six countries are scheduled to arrive in Malacca on Sept 21 and lodge at the Bayview Hotel Malacca.

Practices and training venue would be conducted in Stadium Hang Tuah and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Malacca (UTeM)'s field.


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