Charity football match aiming for RM500,000 gate collection

The JDT vs All Stars charity match is the brainchild of Tunku Ismail. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: The All-Star Charity Match between Rest of the World XI and a JDT Selection to be played at the end of the month is expected to rake in about RM500,000 in gate collections.

Johor Football Association (PBNJ) president Ismail Karim said 18,000 tickets will be up for sale at the Tan Sri Dato Hassan Yunos Stadium in Larkin from Wednesday till match day on June 30 and via online.

Tickets are priced as low as RM20 for Zon A and B, RM30 for Zon C and RM50 for grandstand.

“This charity match is the brainchild of Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

“We are expecting collections to total up to RM500,000 if the stadium is filled to capacity and the proceeds will be distributed among three organisations, and some for the lucky draw,” he said in a media conference here, today.

Also present were JDT technical director Alistair Edwards, PBNJ honorary secretary Captain Mohd Anizam and Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation (YKTLJ) chief executive officer Mohd Shahrin Rahmat.

The three recipient organisations are YKTLJ, National Cancer Society of Malaysia and the Women’s Aid Organisation.

Among the players who will be on the pitch with Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim are Brazilian legend Ronaldo, Claudio Caniggia, Robert Pires, Edgar Davids, Rivaldo, Marco Materazzi, Gianluca Zambrotta, Bebeto, Esteban Cambiasso, Claude Makalele and Florent Malouda.

Meanwhile, Edwards said a coaching clinic involving the legends and JDT Academy players aged 11-19 will also be held at the Seri Gelam field, besides a meet the fans session at the JDT Cafe on June 1.

“The event is a wonderful opportunity for fans and everyone at JDT to witness first hand some of the real superstars of the game.

“It’s a great opportunity for our academy players too as these football greats will be passing on some guidance and tips during the coaching clinic,” he added.