Singapore Democrats kicked off our inaugural Football Carnival last
saturday, the first of its kind organised by a Singapore political
A total of 13 teams took part in the event which saw a
mixture of competitive matches and exhibition games played over five
In the competition proper, Team Paix emerged champions
when it defeated FC Fushan Warriors 1-0 in the finals. (Watch videos
Party Chairman Jufrie Mahmood presented the SDP Challenge
Trophy to the champions. Dr Ang Yong Guan gave away the prizes to the
1st runner-up and Dr Wong Wee Nam the 2nd runner-up, Galacticos.
competition was intense as nine teams battled it out for the top prize.
Unlike in an open pitch, close ball control and agility are prized
skills in futsal. The teams did not disappoint as they delivered a high
level of entertaining football. In fact, passions ran high in some of
the games and players faced off in angry exchanges of words. But cooler
heads prevailed and match officials managed to cooled things down.
They call it the Beautiful Game. But that was before the SDP seniors (dubbed 'Team Uncles' by our announcer) took to the pitch.
formed two teams, SDP Fiesta and SDP Rocks, which played a series of
exhbition games with two all-women teams comprising of ITE students:
Fireflames 1 and Fireflames 2.
Fiesta and Rocks huffed and puffed in what resembled more like futsore.
occasion - and against all odds - they managed to get the ball all the
way to the edge of their opponents' goal-line only to collapse in a heap
of sweat and exhaustion. After the game, one of them grumbled: "If you
think fighting the PAP is hard..."
Not everyone was equally bad,
though. James Gomez and Vincent Wijeysingha acquitted themselves well.
Alec Tok gave a good account of himself in goal and so did John Tan.
Chee Siok Chin stood out among the women players.
Chee Soon Juan: "They were brutal..."
The junior league then came on with the kids taking to the field. Masterminding the operation was Chee Soon Juan.
afternoon was not without its distractions. Friends brought along
home-baked brownies and cookies which the players scoffed down in
between games. A buffet of fruit including banana, pineapple, grape,
starfruit, and watermelon helped boost energy levels.
goals and all the excitement will go down in another page in the SDP
Book of Fun. It was also a great way to reach out to youths all over the
Coming up next year: A bigger carnival with even more competition and fun.
our announcer, appropriately summarised the day's proceedings with a
word from our sponsor: "This event was not brought to you by the PAP."