THE S-League raised $82,000 last night for Singapore football great Dollah Kassim during the Charity Shield match at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.
Defending S-League champions Singapore Armed Forces FC (SAFFC) drew 1-1 with Swedish champions AIK Solna in the curtain raiser to the new season, which starts on Feb 1. Dollah had collapsed after suffering a heart attack while playing in the Sultan of Selangor's Cup veterans' match last October, and has been in a coma since then.
All proceeds and donations from the 2,352 specators will be donated to Dollah's family to help them pay for his medical bills.
S-League co-title sponsors Great Eastern kicked off the call for donations with a pledge of $10,000 and, together with contributions from other corporations and club chairmen, the fund has already garnered more than $70,000 to date.
Indoor football-stadium company The Cage pledged $100 to the Dollah Kassim fund for every goal scored during the Charity Shield match.
Vendors and suppliers of the Football Association of Singapore also offered their services for free in support of the cause for the match.
Shaiful Esah scored for SAFFC in the 10th minute, before AIK Solna equalised through Kenny Pavey in the 67th minute.