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Football unites to raise funds for Dollah Kassim at 2010 S.League Charity Shield [edited]

(Media Information by Football Association of Singapore)

SINGAPORE, 15 January 2010: The local football fraternity will come together for a good cause at the 2010 S.League Charity Shield next Thursday as the Football Association of Singapore seeks to raise funds for Singapore football legend Dollah Kassim, who has been in a coma since collapsing during the 2009 Sultan of Selangor’s Cup veterans match between Singapore and Selangor last October.

Dollah, who represented Singapore from 1968 to 1979, was well-known for his extraordinary dribbling skills. Famously known as the ‘Gelek King’, a nickname referring to his superior ball control, one of his most memorable moments in a Lions jersey was to help Singapore win the Malaysia Cup in 1977.

In appreciation for the services rendered to Singapore football and to acknowledge Dollah for his many contributions in promoting Singapore football, the FAS has pledged all proceeds and donations received for the above-mentioned 2010 S.League Charity Shield to Dollah’s family in order to assist his family to pay his current and future medical bills.

Mr Zainudin Nordin, FAS President and Mayor for the Central Singapore District, hopes that the football community will show strong support towards this fund-raising event.

“Dollah is our very beloved football legend who has contributed a lot to Singapore football. We hope that the football fraternity can rally together and show their kind and generous support towards this very worthy cause. I am sure any contribution, big or small, will go a long way towards supporting Dollah’s family in their times of need.”

The curtain-raiser to the 2010 S.League season will pit the reigning S.League Champions Singapore Armed Forces FC against 2009 Swedish Champions AIK Solna on Thursday 21 January at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

On sale during the match will be the limited issue FAS 2010 Calendar at $5 with all sales proceeds to be contributed to the fund for Mr Dollah. The sale of the FAS 2010 Calendar will continue during office hours at the FAS main reception at Jalan Besar Stadium from 22 to 29 January (weekdays only) with all sales proceeds going into the fund for Mr Dollah.

Match Details
  • Event : S.League Charity Shield – Singapore Armed Forces FC vs AIK Solna
  • Date : Thursday 21 January 2010
  • Venue : Choa Chu Kang Stadium
  • Time : 7.30pm
Ticketing Details
  • S$10.00 - Adult
  • S$5.00 - Senior Citizen* (60-year-old and above)
  • S$5.00 - Student* (Primary / Secondary / ITE / JC)
  • S$2.00 - Child* (6-year-old and below)
*Only valid with proof of identification

Tickets will be on sale from next Monday onwards:
  • 18 – 20 January Jalan Besar Stadium (12pm - 7pm) Choa Chu Kang Stadium (10am - 6pm)
  • 21 January (Match-day) Jalan Besar Stadium (10am - 2pm) Choa Chu Kang Stadium (10am - 8.45pm)


  1. To all my fellow fans,

    Please support this event by come down to the game to show our appreciation to one of the legends who brought so much joy, happiness and glory to the nation during his heydays.

    Thank you

  2. No doubt that the intention to raise fund for Mr Dollah Kassim is good, but the whole event itself shows the FAS being another 'cock' association.

    At best, the game between SAFFC and AIK Solna can be termed as a friendly game but yet is call a 'S-League Charity Shield'.

    In no other countries apart from us do we have a 'Charity Shield' with our League's name being inscripted on have the Champion of the domestic league pitting against a side that does not have any participation in the same league. Imagine the England's Charity Shield pitting Man U against Inter, or the Italy Super Cup (a similar version) having Inter play Club Brugges.

    Seriously, the FAS had got it all wrong and again and I guess, enough have been emphasise on which team would feature in the League for 2010 - with a 'Charity Shield' considered as a curtain raiser to the season being planned and worked out but yet the teams that are particiapting are still unknown.

    STOP being a joke, FAS!

  3. I hve no problem with S-league Charity shield

    Every FA hve diff idea abt their charity shield

    Malaysia changed their format of charity shield many times while in Germany, they had try out fr a time, their top 6 teams for their opener

    I kind of like this type of charity shield for local teams than last year Foreign vs Local as this way our top teams are exposed to other teams we do nt meet regularly & FAS shld continue

    We do nt hve to follow England every time (as many are complaining we are following them too much on their long ball :P)

  4. any idea how to contribute a little sum for dollah?

  5. Hi "Anonymous",

    I think you can still purchase the FAS calendar at their Jln Besar Stadium office if you want to help Mr Dollah :)


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