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Tottenham Hotspur heading to Malaysia for AIA Cup

Posted on 7 April 2015  - 09:00

Tottenham Hotspur is delighted to announce it will visit Kuala Lumpur next month to take on Malaysia XI in the AIA Cup.

• Club to take on Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, May 27
• Tour that also includes visit to Sydney provides Club with an opportunity to engage with growing fanbase in Asia-Pacific region
• Match sponsored by Club’s principal commercial partner, AIA
• Visit will see players engage in community activities and sponsor’s events in Kuala Lumpur

Tottenham Hotspur is delighted to announce it will visit Kuala Lumpur next month to take on Malaysia XI in the AIA Cup.

The match will take place at the Shah Alam Stadium on Wednesday, May 27, kick off 8.45pm local time (1.45pm UK time) before the team head to Sydney for a friendly with Sydney FC  at ANZ Stadium the following Saturday. 

It will be Tottenham Hotspur’s first visit to Malaysia since 1979 and will present an opportunity for the Club to further engage with its well-established fanbase in the region.

The Official Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Club in Malaysia was formed in 2010 and is one of over 100 the Club has around the world. The Club has an estimated fanbase of over 170 million in Far East Asia.

First team players and legends will take part in meet and greet opportunities with supporters as part of the visit, with the squad also set to take part in community activities in Kuala Lumpur alongside the Club’s principal partner, AIA.

Mauricio Pochettino, Head Coach, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “We are delighted to be visiting Malaysia and looking forward to giving our fans in that part of the world a chance to see us play up close against some of the best players from their country. 

“We are well aware of the passionate following we have across Asia and the well-established Supporters Club that we have in Malaysia, and hope that we can put on a fantastic show for them on the night as a way of thanking them for the continued support they give us from the other side of the world every week.

“Our Global Coaching team will be working alongside the Tour in both Kuala Lumpur and Sydney towards the joint goal we have set with AIA – providing increased sporting opportunities and promoting health and wellbeing across the Asia-Pacific region.”

Dato’ Hamidin Haji Mohd Amin, General Secretary, Football Association of Malaysia, said: “This will be Tottenham Hotspur’s first visit to Malaysia in 36 years and we are delighted to welcome them to Kuala Lumpur in May. The Club has many fans around the world, with a strong following in Malaysia, and the match against Malaysia XI at the Shah Alam Stadium is one that we expect will be hugely popular amongst soccer fans in the country.”

Bill Lisle, Chief Executive Officer, AIA Bhd. said: “AIA, the official shirt partner of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, is pleased to partner with Spurs on its tour to Asia Pacific as part of our efforts to encourage healthy living among our customers and the larger communities in this region.

“Spurs shares AIA's commitment to the role sport can play in promoting healthy living and we are working closely to deliver that important message through the matches, football clinics and other community outreach initiatives AIA in Malaysia will be organising with Spurs during their upcoming tour to Kuala Lumpur.”

Julian Kam, Group CEO of Official Match Promoter, ProEvents, said: “We are extremely excited to welcome Tottenham Hotspur to play in the AIA Cup in Kuala Lumpur. They are one of the top clubs from the English Premier League and have a following of over 400 million supporters globally, with over 170 million of those fans residing in Far East Asia.

“Therefore, this is fantastic news to all Tottenham Hotspur fans in Malaysia and thousands more from neighbouring countries such as Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Brunei, who we hope to see at Shah Alam Stadium on the night.” 

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