The Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF)-Peter Lim Scholarship was founded in 2010 to inspire and support promising young athletes with financial challenges, as well as provide assistance to outstanding national athletes.
This year saw 270 students receive the SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship, founded by entrepreneur Peter Lim, which received 772 applications from 140 schools this year.
A total of S$746,000 was disbursed – an increase of 78 per cent from the S$409,101 given out last year.
“Football is about goals. If I go to a match and it ends 0-0, as a football fan, I’d be disappointed,” said the Real Madrid coach at a press conference in which he handed out the Peter Lim Scholarship.
During his second day here, the Special One visited the Singapore Sports School, where he gave young players valuable advice on how become a better footballer.
LionsXII goalkeeper Hyrulnizam Juma’at was rock solid between the sticks tonight as he denied Felda United a slew of goal-scoring opportunities throughout the 90 minutes.
The match got off to a slow start but both sides began to find their groove mid way through the half after raising the tempo. Shaiful Esah put the LionsXII ahead in the 32nd minute when his freekick eluded everyone in the penalty area to find its way past Felda’s goalkeeper Hamsani.
Felda were quick to regroup and tested Hyrulnizam several times. Their best chance of the match came in the 44th minute, but the LionsXII goalkeeper made an incredible save to stop a powerful goal-bound volley just over a metre away.
The LionsXII started the second half eager to attack and they came close to scoring in the 52nd minute through Khairul Amri, who made his first start since a long injury lay-off, when he struck a powerful shot from outside the penalty area. Felda’s Hamsani fumbled the save but was fortunate to get away with it.
Goal-scoring opportunities see-sawed between the two sides before the LionsXII extended their lead in the 77th minute. Skipper Shahril Ishak cut the ball back to the edge of the penalty area and the advancing Shahdan Sulaiman curled the ball into the top corner.
Felda refused to be beaten and kept pressing. The Malaysian side were incisive in their passes, but a lack of ideas in the final third proved to be their downfall. The LionsXII extended their lead over second placed Kelantan to five points with the win, but the Malaysian side now have four games in hand.
“LionsXII have a point to prove after they lost to Kelantan. I think they must bounce back, they will have to bounce back, and they can bounce back.” What is TODAY’s Malaysian football guru Dan Guen Chin’s prediction for the LionsXII-Felda match?