EXPATS from Indonesian football team Kwarta FC successfully defended their title at the 13th Ulu Klang Recreational Club (UKRC) – Astro International Soccer 9’s 2015 tournament at the Setiawangsa National Sports Council Complex recently.
Kwarta FC were crowned champions after a spirited performance against Johor’s Harimau Mega FC (HMFC), winning 2-0 in the finals and staying unbeaten throughout the tournament.
The champions won a hard-fought battle during the 10-minute match which saw HMFC having its chances but not converting them into goals.
In the end, it was Ansyari Lusis and Amrah who scored for Kwarta to win the UKRC trophy for the consecutive second year and take home the RM1,000 cash prize.
Host team UKRC managed to qualify into the winner’s pool but were unable to progress to the semi-finals.
The top two teams of each group qualified for the trophy event and the bottom two teams continued to compete in the plate event.
Malacca Club won the Plate event while Beluga settled for second.
Organising chairman Andrew Gopal said the aim of the tournament was to promote friendship, fellowship and to keep the game alive and that UKRC had bigger plans for next year’s tournament.
“The event is for veteran players 45 and above. But as can be seen, they are still lively on the pitch. And the football is good because the players are all experienced,” he said, after congratulating Kwarta for their win.
“We hope to do something different next year for the soccer 9’s and find ways to make it more exciting so it becomes an annual affair for participating teams to block on their calendar and participate in this tournament.
“One of the ideas we have is to try and get a veteran English Premier League team to be a part of this tournament to bring this tournament to a new level,” he said, adding that UKRC was also looking for a corporate sponsor to make that happen.
Apart from HMFC from Johor, the Indian Association team from Penang, The Malacca Club team and Beluga from Kuala Lumpur, the two-day international tournament also attracted participation from Australian team Sunshine Coast Koalas, Indonesia’s Pertamina as well as Singapore’s Referee Association team and Pirates.
Sunshine Coast Koalas were awarded the K. Suppiah Memorial Trophy for their fair play in honour of the club’s founder while the top scorer of the tournament award went to Edu Juanda from Kwarta for his six goals.