Football charity event to feature South Korean K-pop, football stars

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KUCHING: A delegation of 19 K-pop singers, artistes and footballers are coming to town and will be performing at the Sarawak Stadium at 7.30pm on Oct 29.

Solbi, who won the Excellent Prize of Broadcast Entertainm’t Music talk show of MBC in 2016 and Kim Jong Seo, the winner of Busan International Rock Festival Achievement Award will be here to perform on the evening.

Apart from songs and dances, Sarawakians will also be entertained by former Korean national football players Choi Youngil, Choi Jinchul, Lee Sangyoon and others.

K-pop fans will be able to see Noh Jihoon, the original singer for the songs “Punishment”, “A song for you” and “If you were me” taking on the role of goalkeeper for the Korean team.

It is the hope of the patron of the event Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah this “Charity Football Festival” whose participants include Seoul Stars FC, Kuching FA, Football Association of Sarawak and Cats FM, will attract many K-pop and football fans.

The objectives of the event is to promote Sarawak through sports tourism, raise funds for selected charitable bodies and fosters good relationships with Seoul and Suwon.

As it is a charity event, all proceeds will be donated to charitable organisations which have been identified.

The entertainment and sports event will see each game played for 15 minutes, interspersed with performances between matches. Six matches and four performance slots have been scheduled.

The Korean Artists football team will include Noh Jihoon, Choi Youngil, Choi Jinchul, Lee Sanyoon, Jung Doohong, Lee Jongsu, Jung Euigap, Jung Junho, Jung Taewoo, Kim Hakdo, Gu Jamyung, Son Myunggi, Park Sangmyun, Joosuc, Kim Dongyoon, Yoon Taeksang and Kim Donggyun.

During the football match intervals, the audience will enjoy a feast of songs by Kim Jung Seo, Solbi and other Korean singers and artistes.

From second left: Fazruddin, Abdul Karim and Snowdan hold up the programme outline for the Charity Football Festival which will be held at Stadium Sarawak on Oct 29.

Karim hopes that the effort to raise funds and promote Sarawak through sports tourism would have a positive impact on the state.

“When you have artistes like these coming down, they do have their own followers through Instagram, blogs and all that. Wherever they go, they will be taking pictures of Sarawak; the food they are taking; the games they are playing and they will post them on their social media (channels).

“From there, they will be promoting Sarawak also. That is why I am very happy to see this kind of programme held. We are promoting Sarawak without incurring much expenses.

“We don’t have to go there to promote. Just by them coming down here with the (social media) followers, probably millions of them, that is good enough for us. But that does not mean that we don’t have to do our own promotion,” Abdul Karim said in a media conference held at Bangunan Baitul Makmur this morning.

Also present at the press conference were Assistant Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan and Tupong assemblyman Fazruddin Abdul Rahman who is also Kuching FA chairman.