Monday, December 19, 2011
Perlis are Champion of Champions
The Perlis team celebrate their win with Datuk Razali Ibrahim, deputy Sport Minister (in yellow/black shirt), and National Sports Council DG Datuk Zolkples Embong (blue/white shirt) and Datuk Dell Akbar Khan (green shirt).
PERLIS won the inaugural Champion of Champions football tournament when they held their nerve to beat Kelantan 4-3 on sudden death penalties in the final at Sultan Ibrahim Stadium yesterday.
The score at the end of the regulatory 60 minutes was 0-0 and it was 3-3 at the end of the five penalty shootouts.
The first attempt at goal in sudden death fell to Kelantan but striker Ahmad Tasnim Nasir shot straight to Perlis keeper Shahzwan Shafri instead.
Perlis' Muhammad Akmal Salleh the stepped up to send the ball to the right of the goal well beyond the reach of Kelantan custodian Muhammad Azri Abdul Ghani.
Perlis coach Mohd Shahabuddin Kadir said: "The game was very close and when it came down to penalties, it was really anybody's title."
With the rain showing no relief since Saturday night, the quality of the game yesterday was affected as neither team could display their hard running short passing game.
The usually nippy Kelantan winger Wan Alif Aiman Rosmaidi rarely got the ball into the Perlis box where at the end of the first half, striker Muhammad Syaiful Alias only got one shot in which was saved by Shazwan.
The win for Perlis saw them bagging RM10,000 while Kelantan walked off with RM7,500.
Kedah scored some consolation when they won third place after beating Penang 2-0 in the game that was played earlier in the morning.
Kedah's goals were scored by Faez Faizal Nor in the 37th minute and Mohd Izwan Ghazali four minutes later. Kedah bagged RM5,000 while Penang took home RM2,500.
The Champion of Champions is supported by the National Football Development Committee, which is chaired by Datuk Razali Ibrahim, the deputy Sports Minister.
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