SHAH ALAM – The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) only received 5,000 tickets from the organiser for three matches in Group B of the AFF Suzuki Cup in Singapore from Nov 23 to 29.
FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said the organisers had rejected their request and appeal to increase the number of tickets, on security grounds.
The Harimau Malaya (national squad) under coach Dollah Salleh will open their Suzuki AFF Cup campaign against Myanmar on Nov 23 and Thailand on Nov 26 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
The third match in the group against hosts Singapore will be at the city-state’s new stadium, Singapore Sports Hub National Stadium, on Nov 29.
A total 1,500 tickets each for the matches against Myanmar and Singapore and 2,000 tickets for the match against Singapore will be sold to Malaysian fans, he told reporters after attending a function here, Sunday.
Hamidin said the Suzuki AFF Cup tickets would be sold from 3pm on Wednesday during the friendly match between Harimau Malaya and Syria at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The prices of tickets for the two matches involving Malaysia at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore are S$26 (RM66.94) for the grandstand and S$18 (RM46.34) for the gallery seats.
The price of tickets for the match against Singapore at the Singapore Sports Hub National Stadium, is $S18 (RM46.34).
Group B comprises Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and and Myanmar.
Hamidin said FAM had yet to obtain any feedback from the organisers on the request for a reduction in ticket prices.
In the meantime, Vietnam will host the Group A matches in Hanoi from Nov 22 to 28.
Other than Vietnam, the other teams in the group are the Philippines, Indonesia and Laos.
After the group level matches, the two top teams in each group will play home and away matches in the semi-finals from Dec 6 to 11.
The final, which will also be played home and away, will take place on Dec 17 and 20.
The championship is organised by the Asean Football Federation. – Bernama