Team remembers player who died a day before awards ceremony

A Kharkiv Masters team member holding up a photograph of their late teammate who passed away on Thursday morning.

IT WAS a case of so close yet so far for the Royal Selangor Club (RSC) Harimau team, as Destiny Football Development Centre (DFDC) won the RSC Under-12 International football 7s 2018 in their debut appearance, despite only being in existence for only two-and-a-half months.

RSC were looking forward to winning the title for the first time and add a feather to the cap of the RSC Junior Football Development programme which has been in existence for 15 years.

But it was not to be as DFDC defender Aidiel Zacharia’s freekick, which was taken almost from the half line in the first half, beat RSC Harimau goalkeeper Muhammad Khairul, for the only goal to dash RSC’s hopes.

Host RSC also finished runners-up in the Plate Grand Masters.

DFDC had a girl in their team - Japanese defender Chie Akayama as well as a player from Ghana - Ayman Munir.

It was sweet victory and a tremendous boost for DFDC to their development programme which had just taken off.

The development programme founder and owner, Aylwin Skelchy, who has big plans for this programme, said he could not have asked for a better start from the team.

“This is a tremendous boost for our plans and a great motivation to implement all our big plans and play our role in football development programme in the country,” said Skelchy, a 42-year-old former St John’s Institution football and hockey player.

DFDC is based at Rim Bayu in Kota Kemuning and Bandar Sri Damansara Baru.

“IJM has given us a beautiful training facility at Rim Bayu and given us some financial aid, while Penyayang Bakti (an orphanage home), also have allowed us to use their field, while we in turn train the children from the home,” said Skelchy.

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