Saturday, February 22, 2014


Malaysia Date For Spurs?

Hong Kong: English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur are certain to play in Malaysia under the terms of their new sponsorship agreement with the Hong Kong-based American International Assurance (AIA) Group Ltd.

The AIA Group have been given a free hand to pick and choose the locations for Tottenham to hold their training programmes and playing tours in the Asian Pacific region for the next five years.

AIA Group chief executive and president Mark Tucker confirmed that Malaysia will definitely be one of Tottenham’s stopovers.

The AIA Group signed on as Tottenham’s major sponsorship partner for five seasons beginning from the 2014-15 season. Apart from carrying the AIA brand on their shirts in all competitions, the London-based football club have also agreed to bring their first team to play in this region and also send their coaches to conduct a series of junior training programmes for underprivileged children.

“We have not sat down and finalised the details yet but Tottenham Hotspur are sure to come to Malaysia. I don’t know when but it will most probably be sooner rather than later,” said Tucker after signing the sponsorship deal, which runs up to the 2018-19 season.

“AIA have a strong presence and commitment in Malaysia. There is also a huge support for Tottenham in the country and we will hold football development programmes there as well.”

Besides Malaysia, AIA are likely to also pick their home base Hong Kong and both China and Indonesia, where Tottenham have the biggest fan bases outside England, to host the Londoners.

COMMENT - any more room on the bandwagon? As ever, Spurs come late to the party that has already seen the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, QPR and Fulham Under 21s!

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