Football Association of Singapore President Lim Kia Tong Dies at 69


The President of Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has passed away at age 69.

The news comes from a Facebook post on Wednesday (14 September) by the FAS.

The 69-year-old was first elected as FAS president in 2017 after his team LKT beat Bill Ng’s team Game Changers 30-13 the same year.

Lim has over 40 years of experience as a criminal mitigation lawyer at Hin Tat Augustine and Partners. 

Before becoming president, he served as a council member at FAS since 1999 and in 2007, he was appointed as the vice-president.

He also became the first Singaporean to take up a leadership role on a FIFA committee when he was elected as its disciplinary committee’s deputy chairman in May 2013.

Lim was also part of the committee that issued a four-month ban and a fine of $100,000 Swiss francs (S$146,000) to Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 World Cup.

During his time as president in 2017, he oversaw the Singapore Football league and brought in a sponsor in Ajinomoto (S). He also organised insurance coverages and helped in securing proper match venues.

With all his accomplishments, Lim was re-elected as president unopposed in 2021.

Singapore football team, Tampines Rovers, posted a statement on Facebook announcing their condolences and their sadness over Lim’s passing.

Tanjong Pagar United has also expressed its condolences and thanked Lim for his service to Singapore football.

On Thursday (16 September), FAS will be setting up a tribute space in the lobby of their office at Jalan Besar Stadium for those who would like to pay their respects.

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Featured Image: Facebook (Football Association of Singapore)