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Joralyn Grace Nalam, a staff nurse from Ng Teng Fong General Hospital receives the token of appreciation from FIFA President Gianni Infantino for being the Philippine flag bearer during the opening of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020. (photo from Mediacorp)

(7 December 2021, Singapore)  Ms. Joralyn Grace Nalam, a staff nurse from Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in Jurong East Singapore, was the Philippines’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 on 5 December 2021. As part of the event, representatives from various frontline industries in Singapore presented the flags of the participating ASEAN nations. Ms. Nalam was honored alongside fellow frontline workers including delivery riders, train captains, an aviation security officer, a logistics transport and delivery driver, a bus captain, a medical doctor, and a security officer.

The Suzuki Cup is the biennial football competition organized by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) and accredited by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Originally scheduled in 2020, the 13th edition of the Suzuki Cup was postponed twice due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation. With the easing of restrictions in Singapore, the event finally pushed through last Sunday, though with a limited number of spectators, following health protocols in place.

From 5 December 2021 to 1 January 2022, the 10 qualified teams will be split into two groups of five to play using the round robin system. The semi-finals and the final game will be played in a two-leg format.

AZKALS, the Philippine Football team, will have their first game against the host country, Singapore, at the Kallang Stadium on 08 December 2021.


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