CIMB-YFA Held; First Loss for Project 2019
CIMB-YFA are confident of winning a place in the quarter-finals of the Champion of Champions 2012 despite being held to a scoreless draw by MyKids Kuala Lumpur Tuesday morning at the Gong Badak Field.
N. Radakrishnan, the Technical Director with CIMB-YFA said after the game that even though the team failed to score even a single goal today, still the performance was a lot better than when they thumped First Touch Pahang 5-0 in their first game in Group B yesterday.
“The heavy rain today affected play but we are still confident of making the quarter-finals,” said Radakrishnan. “Our target is to be in the semi-finals again this year. So tomorrow’s match against MyKids Terengganu will be important to see whether we can win the group.”
Following the draw today, CIMB-YFA are currently placed second in Group B behind MyKids Terengganu, who followed up their 3-1 over MyKids Kuala Lumpur yesterday with a 4-0 whitewashing of First Touch Pahang.
Only the best ranked eight teams at the end of the group stage tomorrow will advance to the quarter-finals on 7 Dec 2012.
In the meantime, the 10-year-olds from Project 2019 showed their quality when they prevented free-scoring MyKids Kedah from piling on the goals as they walked away with just a 1-0 loss.
Playing against physically bigger 12-year-old oppositions, the Project 2019 team conceded that one goal early in the second minute when Faez Mohamad slammed the lead for the side from the north. MyKids Kedah had begun their campaign this year with a 5-0 thrashing of MSS Terengganu yesterday.
Project 2019 defender Mohd Alias Alan, who hails from SMK Pasir Putih in Tawau, Sabah said size is not a hindrance.
“Although we are small in size, it does not matter. We believe we can play good football,” said Mohd Alias, who idolizes national captain Safiq Rahim. “I’m really proud to be part of this team as I have gained a lot of experience. I hope to play for Malaysia one day.”
On the other hand defending champions MyKids Perlis came back from their 1-1 draw against Sabah yesterday to completely overwhelmed Kiddo Kickers Melaka 9-0 with Wan Mohd Fitri grabbing a personal best with four goals in the 16th, 18th, 39th and 42nd minute.
Invited team Patriot Medan of Indonesia failed to stage a comeback as they had done yesterday when they fell to a 3-1 loss to Sabah.
GROUP A – MyKids Perlis, Sabah, Kiddo Kickers, Patriot Medan
GROUP B – MyKids Kuala Lumpur, MyKids Terengganu, CIMB-YFA, First Touch Pahang
GROUP C – MyKids Kedah, MSST, Project 2019, Negeri Sembilan
Kiddo Kickers Melaka 0 MyKids Perlis 9
Sabah 3 Patriot Medan 1
CIMB YFA 0 MyKids Kuala Lumpur 0
Mykids Terengganu 4 First Touch Pahang 0
Project 2019 0 MyKids Kedah 1
MSS Terengganu 1 Negeri Sembilan 2
TOMORROW’S FIXTURES (5 Dec 2012)
0800 - Patriot Medan vs MyKids Perlis
0800 – Sabah vs Kiddo Kickers Melaka
0800 - First Touch Pahang vs MyKids Kuala Lumpur
0800 – Mykids Terengganu vs CIMB-YFA
0915 – Negeri Smebilan vs MyKids Kedah
0915 – MSS Terengganu vs Project 2019