Defending champions MyKids Perlis stuttered to a 1-1 draw against Sabah while Patriot Medan of Indonesia had a bright start when they came back from two goals down to beat Kiddo Kickers of Melaka 4-2 in the opening day of the Champion of Champions 2012 that was played Monday (3 Dec) at the Gong Badak Field.
The champions had gone into the game confidently but found Sabah a tough nut to crack even though they did score the opening goal early in the tenth minute through Adika Shauqi. But the visiting side from Borneo did not take too long to score the equalizer when Mohd Nasip found the back of the net in the 23rd minute of play.
“The pressure was on us as we were the defending champion,” said Rosle Md Derus, the head coach of Perlis. “We had only 30% of the winning team from last year and that is why we struggled a bit. The understanding between the players is quite good but obviously, we have to improve from here.”
In the meantime, Patriot Medan showed that they have the quality to win the tournament this year when they overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Kiddo Kickers of Melaka 4-2.
Luqman Hakeem found the back of the net twice for Kiddo Kickers on 28th and 32nd minute before the side from Indonesia replied with the four goals.
Bobby Andriza grabbed a brace off goals in the 33rd and 48th minute to be followed by Aryo Pratomo (38th minute) and Ragil Kurniawan (42nd minute).
“The boys felt pressured at the start but in the second half, we told them to relax and just play with football as they usually do. And the result was that we won,” said an elated Medan head coach Syahril.
“It is good that we won the first game but there are two more matches to play and we have to concentrate. The players showed a lot of promise even though they have been together for just one month.”
Other notable results of the day were CIMB YFA demolishing First Touch Pahang 5-0 while MyKids Kedah were also on a romp when they thrashed MSS Terengganu with the same score line.
On the other hand, the Project 2019 boys had a positive start to their maiden appearance in the Champion of Champions when they held Negeri Sembilan to a 1-1 draw in their Group C tie.
Luqman Hakim’s strike in the 45th minute cancelled out Aliff Shakirin Azmi’s lead for Negeri Sembilan just a minute earlier. What made the draw interesting was the fact that Project 2019 team featured players under the age of 10-years-old playing against players who are two years older.
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
MyKids Perlis 1 Sabah 1
Kiddo Kickers Melaka 2 Patriot Medan 4
MyKids Kuala Lumpur 1 Mykids Terengganu 3
CIMB YFA 5 First Touch Pahang 0
MyKids Kedah 5 MSS Terengganu 0
Projek 2019 1 Negeri Sembilan 1
TOMORROW’S FIXTURES (4 Dec 2012)
0800 - Kiddo Kickers Melaka vs MyKids Perlis
0915 – Sabah vs Patriot Medan
0800 - CIMB YFA vs MyKids Kuala Lumpur
0915 – Mykids Terengganu vs First Touch Pahang
0800 - Projek 2019 vs MyKids Kedah
0915 – MSS Terengganu vs Negeri Sembilan