A BRAZILIAN guest player of Indonesia's Kwarta Medan FC made sure the team’s 12-year dream for victory in the 18th Penang Sports Club - Carlsberg International Soccer Seven tournament would come true.
Kwarta Medan FC became the Veterans’ champion, thanks to the accurate strikes of Addison Alves de Oliveira.
The team’s chief executive officer Muhammad Arief Fadillah, who was also a player in this match, did not mince his words when he described their recent soccer sevens success as “simply fantastic”.
“We have been highly successful elsewhere including being crowned champs in the Ulu Klang Recreation Club's nine-a-side tournament for three straight years since 2014,” he said.
“However, we always struggled when it came to Penang.
“We have been chasing this dream for 12 years.
“The best we did before this year was finishing as runners-up in 2011 and again last year.
“I am very proud of the team and, of course, we will be back here to defend our crown next year,” he said.
Muhammad Arief was quick to attributed their success to the brilliance of de Oliveira.
The Brazilian, who had just finished his training stint with the team in Medan, struck with venom in their final challenge against fellow Indonesian outfit Bintang Timur FC.
The Brazilian attacking midfielder scored a brace in the match, finding the back of the net in each half.
Kwarta Medan FC’s deserving 2-0 win ended their chase for the crown in glorious fashion.
The Brazilian’s feat earned his Medan friends the tournament's top cash award of RM2,500.
Host Penang Sports Club, who were crowned Masters’ champs last year, were hoping to add the Veterans’ trophy on their shelf.
But the best they managed was a semi-final date where they were shown the exit.
They crashed to a slim 0-1 defeat to eventual champs Kwarta Medan FC.
Bintang Timur FC from Indonesia had a nightmarish outing.
Despite making the cut to both the Veterans’ and Masters’ finals, they still flew home without a title to their name.
While the seniors went down fighting against Kwarta Medan FC in the Veterans’ final, the younger players were edged 2-3 by another Indonesian team, Pertamina FC, in the Masters’ final.
Pertamina FC flew home with a cash award of RM2,500.