BIG TALENT: Liu Ker Yi (left) has impressed many with his talent
LIU KER YI is an exceptional lad. Being a product of the Kedah systematic football development programme, the 12-year-old midfielder has made a strong impression each time he turns out for the hijau-kuning.
So much so, Ker Yi has just received an offer to study at Gambang Sports School, in Pahang, the latest sport school to be established after Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur and Bandar Penawar in Johor.
“My father is very strict where the emphasis is on both school and also playing football. And I love football where I hope that I can be like my idol Safiq Rahim (the Malaysian captain) and play for Malaysia one day,” said Ker Yi, whose father Liu Chee Beng has been the main driving force in his bid to excel in the sport.
“Now that we are in the quarterfinals (where they will play MyKids Terengganu on Friday), I believe we can make the final.”
Kedah finished the preliminary campaign with a perfect record. This morning, they wrapped up their final Group C match with a 3-1 victory over Negri Sembilan.
Despite falling behind to a Alif Shakirin Azmi goal after 29 minute, Faez Faizal grabbed the equaliser eight minutes later before Aliff Rafiq and Ammar Hafifi added further goals in the 43rd and 47th minutes
Their opponent in the quarterfinals on Friday morning is MyKids Terengganu, the runners-up team from Group B.
Defending champions MyKids Perlis topped Group A when they beat Patriot Medan of Indonesia 3-1. Wan Mohd Fitri (3rd, 19th) and Adika Shauqi (56th) scored for Perlis while Aryo Pratomo (15th) netted for Patriot Medan.
Despite the loss, the club from Medan still made the cut for the quarterfinals as the second best third-placed team in the among the three groups. They will have a rematch with Perlis for a place in the semifinals.
The remaining fixtures on Friday will see CIMB-YFA taking on MyKids Terengganu while Sabah will entertain Negri Sembilan.
Tomorrow is a rest day.
Results Group A: Patriot Medah 1 MyKids Perlis 3, Sabah 5 Kiddo Kickers 0. Group B: First Touch Pahang 0 MyKids Kuala Lumpur 8, Mykids Terengganu 0 CIMB-YFA 1 Group C: Negri Sembilan 1 MyKids Kedah 3, MSS Terengganu 2 Project 2019 2
Friday’s quarterfinals fixtures 8am: Mykids Perlis vs Patriot Medan (Field A) 8am: Mykids Kedah vs MyKids Terengganu (Field C) 9.15am: CIMB-YFA vs MyKids Kuala Lumpur (Field B) 9.15am: Sabah vs Negri Sembilan (Field C)