SINGAPORE : The Young PAP soccer team lost a friendly match 9-1 to a team of Africans on Saturday afternoon at Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School.
The match marked a first for efforts by the Young PAP soccer team in its international relations building efforts.
The African team included Ambassadors and High-Commissioners from the continent as well as expatriates and employees of African companies in Singapore.
Ambassadors who played for the African team include Flavio Saraiva de Carvalho Fonseca, Ambassador, Embassy of Angola, Wael Mohamed Lotfy Ibrahim Batea, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Egypt, Andries Francois Van Straten, Counsellor, Embassy of South Africa and Carlos Cruz de Lemos Sardinha Dias, First Secretary, Embassy of Angola.
Jeanine Kambanda, High Commissioner, Embassy of Rwanda was also present.
The Young PAP team, formed in early 2010, was led by Vice-Chairman Zaqy Mohamad
The youth wing of the PAP has been actively expanding its International Relations programme to create more exposure for its members to overseas political parties.
Under the programme, the Young PAP has made visitation calls to political parties in Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Hong Kong over the last two years.
The Young PAP Soccer Team was formed to bring together young activists and friends of Young PAP from the various PAP branches across the island, to train, interact and forge strong bonds of friendship, through the sport of soccer.
The Young PAP Soccer team aims to reach out, unify and build bilateral ties with its international counterparts by hosting of international friendly matches.
The 30-strong team regularly trains and participates in amateur competitions.
Recently, the team was represented by two entries in the 1-Day ESPZen Futsal tournament which saw both participating teams emerging as fifth and sixth in the one-day tournament.
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