Tight scramble for last eight berths


Megah Murni’s V. Danaraj (left) takes a shot while MISC-MIFA’s K. Ravindran tries to block him.

THREE teams – AirAsia Allstars, Shahzan Muda and Sungai Ara FC – are in contention for the two remaining quarter-final spots in the FAM Cup competition.

Six teams – two in Group A and four in Group B – have earned their places in the last eight of the two-group competition.

From Group A, Malaysian Indian Sports Council –Malaysian Indian Football Association (MISC-MIFA), who edged Megah Murni 1-0 at the BSN Sports Complex in Bangi, were assured of the top spot while Kuala Lumpur Felcra, despite going down 2-0 to Shahzan Muda at the Temerloh Municial Council Stadium, are in the second spot.

Irrespective of this weekend’s results, both MISC-MIFA and KL Felcra will finish as the champions and runners-up in Group A.

Sabah-based KDMM were assured of the fourth spot in Group B after contenders KL UKM FC were held to a 1-1 draw by Malaysian Malays at the UKM Sports Complex in Bangi. KDMM will join PKNP, KL MOF and Malacca Samb in the quarter-finals.

For AirAsia Allstars, Shahzan Muda and Sungai Ara FC , it is a tricky situation as all three have a bright chance of making the last eight.

AirAsia Allstars, who were held to a scoreless draw by Sungai Ara FC, will meet Shahzan Muda in their final group match at the Shah Alam Stadium tomorrow while Sungai Ara FC will travel to Kota Kinabalu to take on bottom- placed Sabah DYS.

AirAsia Allstars have 27 points, Sungai Ara FC 26 and Shahzan Muda 25. AirAsia Allstar’s team manager Hamdan Hashim said they are in a tough situation.

Megah Murni’s R. Mathivaannan (left) goes for the ball while MISC-MIFA’s goal-scorer Yoges tries to stop him.
Megah Murni’s R. Mathivaannan (left) goes for the ball while MISC-MIFA’s goal-scorer Yoges tries to stop him.

“We cannot afford to make any mistakes. We have to collect maximum points. Shahzan Muda are also in a tight situation. They too have to win to be certain of a last eight spot. The players are aware of the situation and hope to see them get their act right,’’ said Hamdan.

MISC-MIFA team manager S. Arumugam was happy with their players’ performance against Megah Murni.

MISC-MIFA’s only goal came from M. Yoges in the 27th minute.

Arumugam said they were looking forward to completing their preliminary rounds on a winning note when they meet Ipoh Football Association at the USIM Sports Complex in Nilai tomorrow.

“We have advised the players to maintain their winning streak to boost their confidence for the quarter-finals,’’ added Arumugam.

Results

Group A: AirAsia Allstars bt Negri Sembilan Prisons 2-1; Sungai Ara FC bt Felcra 1-0; Ipoh Football Association drew Megah Murni 2-2; AirAsia AllStar drew Sungai Ara FC 0-0; MISC-MIFA bt Megah Murni 1-0; Shahzan Muda bt Felcra 2-0; Negri Sembilan Prisons drew Sabah DYS 0-0.

Group B: KL UKM FC bt Hanelang FC 2-1; KDMM bt MPKB 2-0; PKNP bt Malaysian Malays 3-2; KL MOF bt Malacca Samb 2-0; Malaysian Malays drew KL UKM FC 1-1; KL MOF bt PKNP 1-0; Malacca Samb bt MPKB 3-1.

MISC-MIFA’s goalkeeper Mohd Khairul Izzuwan (in green) gets the ball ahead of the Megah Murni strikers. — Photos: M.AZHAR.ARIF/ The Star
MISC-MIFA’s goalkeeper Mohd Khairul Izzuwan (in green) gets the ball ahead of the Megah Murni strikers. — Photos: M.AZHAR.ARIF/ The Star

Fixtures

Tomorrow (kick off 4.45pm unless stated)

Group A: MISC-MIFA vs Ipoh Football Association (USIM Sports Complex, Nilai); Sabah DYS vs Sungai Ara FC (Tawau Sports Complex– 4.15pm); AirAsia Allstars vs Shahzan Muda (Shah Alam Stadium); KL Felcra vs Megah Murni (UM Sports Complex, Kuala Lumpur).

Group B: MPKB vs Malaysian Malays FC (Sultan Mohamad IV Stadium, Kota Baru – 8.45pm); KDMM vs Malacca Samb (Kinangau Stadium – 4.15pm); PKNP vs Hanelang FC (Perak Stadium – 8.45pm); KL UKM FC vs KL MOF (UKM Sports Complex, Bangi).

Table

Group A

TeamP W DLF A Pts

MISC-MIFA15103 2 29 12 33

Felcra15 9 3 3 20 12 30

AirAsia Allstars15 7 6 2 17 7 27

Sg Ara FC15 8 2 5 16 13 26

Shahzan Muda15 7 4 4 23 14 25

NS Prisons16 2 7 7 13 23 13

Megah Murni15 3 4 8 13 24 13

Ipoh Football Association15 3 2 10 16 29 11

Sabah DYS FC15 2 3 10 11 21 9

Group B

PKNP138 3 2 22 9 27

KL MOF FC13 82 3 25 12 26

Malacca Samb FC137 3 3 18 13 24

KDMM135 4 4 10 10 19

KL UKM FC13 4 3 6 13 16 15

Hanelang FC13346 12 15 13

Malaysian Malays FA133 3 7 12 22 12

MPKB131 4 8 9 24 7

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