Fans of Liverpool (LFC) and Manchester United (MUFC) are in for a big treat as event company Firm Horizon Sdn Bhd, together with Masters Football Asia, announced the arrival of “The Battle of the Reds” football match in Sabah. Taking place for the first time ever in Kota Kinabalu, the match will feature a host of football legends as they duke it out in Likas Stadium on 20 November 2019.
Masters Football Asia brings ex-professional players from various football clubs for fans around the globe to get up close and watch them play live. Teaming up with Firm Horizon, they have chosen Kota Kinabalu as the next battlefield for 32 former players of LFC and MUFC.
Kicking off the football fever, “The Battle of the Reds” extravaganza and football festival will begin on 16 November with a slew of on-ground activities and events. Fans will be able to be part of the excitement and even catch a glimpse of their favourite football icons during the days leading up to the big match.
Appearing for the first time is Jason McAteer, the midfielder who played at Anfield from 1995 to 1999. He is fondly remembered for his control of the game. McAteer made a total of 139 appearances for the club before leaving for Blackburn Rovers. He joins Steve McManaman, Peter Crouch, Emile Heskey, David James, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise, Dietmar Hamann and Danny Murphy.
McAteer enthused, “It’ll be my first time playing in Southeast Asia representing the Liverpool Reds. Sabah is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with the most fervent Liverpool fans in Malaysia. I am looking forward to meeting them all.”
For the Manchester Reds, Teddy Sheringham will be coming with veterans Ronny Johnsen, Mikael Silvestre, Clayton Blackmore, and Keith Gillespie. This time, they will be joined by his club team mates which include debutantes Ben Thornley, Paul Rachubka and Wes Brown. Brown was in Singapore with the Manchester United contingent during the 2019 International Champions Cup.
“Form is temporary but it is said that class is permanent, and plenty of class will be on display at ‘The Battle of the Reds’. We are delighted to bring these football giants to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Football is a sport enjoyed by the community, and an event like this presents a great opportunity for families to come together to celebrate and enjoy the beautiful game. I hope the fans, old and young alike, will continue to show their support,” said Ian Holahan, Director of Masters Football Asia at the launch of “The Battle of the Reds” in Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel.
Officiating the launch were Sabah Deputy Chief Minister and Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister YB Datuk Christina Liew, Infrastructural Development Minister YB Datuk Peter Anthony, also the President of Sabah Football Association (SAFA) and Youth & Sports Minister YB Ginger Phoong. Joining them were former players John Arne Riise (Liverpool Legend) and Ronny Johnsen (Man U Legend) who proved to be true legends for their respective clubs and idolised by many.
To catch this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, football fans can get their hands on the tickets exclusively on Shopee, Malaysia’s no.1 e-commerce platform, from today onwards. Tickets are priced at RM150, RM280, RM380 and RM900; only 14,600 tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of 60 lucky early bird ticket holders will win the opportunity to have a private dinner with the LFC and MUFC football legends on 19 November 2019 – one day before the event. Fans can also take part in Shopee activities, in-app games and social media giveaways as well as gain the chance to meet their football idols.
Ian Ho, Regional Managing Director of Shopee said, “When we first started our business, the goal was to help and change people’s lives by providing them with greater convenience so that their time can be spent on more memorable activities. This is especially important in this day and age where most live life on the fast lane. That goal has not changed and part of this mission is to ensure that we are answering all of consumers’ demands. One such demand is to be able to purchase tickets to major sporting events such as ‘The Battle of the Reds’ football match. Today, we are very pleased to know that our technology is powerful and advanced enough for us, to not just be an online shopping platform but to also be appointed as an exclusive ticketing partner for such a momentous game.”
Raymond Fang, Managing Director of Firm Horizon Sdn Bhd said, “When we started our event & marketing company in Sabah in 2012, our ultimate aim is to bring big international standard events like Concerts, Music Festivals, TV Shows, International Conferences & Sports Events like ‘The Battle of the Reds’ to Sabah. We strongly feel that we can showcase to others that Sabah can be a really suitable venue for events as mentioned above to boost not only Tourism as well as other Tourism related segments and bring huge economic impact to Sabah.”
Raymond Fang also mentioned that besides Shopee, this event is supported by Sabah Tourism Board & Sabah Sport Board, together with Marriott Kota Kinabalu (The Official Hotel), Grab (Official Lifestyle Apps), Heineken (Official Beer), Imago (Official Mall), Air World Travel & Tours (Official Travel Agency), JMG / Cuckoo (Official Smart Home Brand), Sounds Tech Productions Sdn Bhd (Official Sound & Light) & GlenEagles (Official Heath Provider) all came on board to help make this event a success.
SATTA & MATTA are also supporting the Event by bringing a few thousand of the football clubs fans from the neighboring countries.
“We expect the match tickets to be snatched up fast. Calling all the fans out there, if you want to watch the match, please purchase your tickets fast by logging on to Shopee,” said Fang.
To purchase match tickets, head to Masters Football Asia official store on Shopee at https://shopee.com.my/m/mfa
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