Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) emerged champions at the recently concluded Inter Hotel Champion Football Cup Challenge.
Twenty-seven teams participated in the event held at University Kebangsaan Malaysia in Bangi.
Zuhas Sports organising chairman Zulkarnain Mohd Zain said they were encouraged by the response from the hotel industry.
Muhammad Aliff (right) in action during the finals.
The hotels that took part were Seri Pacific, Marriott Putrajaya, Cititel Mid Valley, Grand Hyatt, The Gardens Hotel, Royale Bintang The Curve, Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Avani Sepang Goldcoast, Double Tree, Genting Hotel, Royale Bintang KL, Berjaya Times Square, Intercontinental and Grand BlueWave.
Mandarin Oriental, Shangri-La KL, Grand Mellinium, Sunway Resorts, Concorde Shah Alam, Le Meridien KL, Aloft Hotel were the other teams that took part while newcomers to the tournament were Pullman Bangsar, Le Meridien Putrajaya, Sunway Putra, Ascott dan Dorsett Putrajaya.
“Hotels should be supportive of their staff being involved and active in sporting activities. It will create a healthy atmosphere as well as increase productivity, and will eventually benefit the industry,” said Zulkarnain, adding that there were plans to organise a futsal tournament for employees next month.
PICC, who lost in the finals at last year’s edition, edged Seri Pacific 2-0 in a closely fought final.
A superb long-range shot from Mohd Aliff Haikal Abdullah and a penalty from Muhammad Ishak Ibrahim sealed the win for the champions.
Team manager Muhammad Mukhlis Saaban was proud of the fighting spirit showed by his charges to win the tournament.
Dorsett Putrajaya clinched third spot after defeating Avani Sepang Goldcoast in the bronze playoff. Muhammad Aliff won the Man Of The Match award and also the Most Valuable Player Award while Mohd Akmal Fariza of Dorsett Putrajaya grabbed the Golden Boot award.
The prizes were presented by Datuk Dr Tang Chiew Yong and 100Plus promotion and event manager Muhammad Fauzi Ahmad.