Impressive Kelantan emerge champions

An attempt by Selangor hits the post during their match against GTC.

Kelantan were in top form when they defeated Johor during the final of the third Malaysian Blind Sports Association (MBSA)/National Sports Council (MSN) Five-A-Side Football (B1) national circuit.

The champion’s were ruthless from the start and took the lead four minutes into the game when Muhd Mazwan Muhd Shakri,31, scored against the Johor side.

Kelantan were on top throughout the match with their defence solid and did not allow Johor a chance to come back into the game.

They managed to hold on to their lead until the final whistle and clinch the title, much to the delight of their players and officials.

This event was the last circuit of the year, with the aim of improving the skills of the players as well as to create a platform to identify talents to be roped into the national team, saw six teams vying for the title at Cruyff court, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

In the semi finals, Kelantan won against Selangor to book a place in the final.

Earlier, Johor notched a slender 1-0 win against Gurney Training Centre (GTC) in the semifinals.

In the third-placing encounter, both GTC and Selangor were evenly matched in a keenly contested fixture which was decided in a penalty shootout which GTC eventually won.

Disability football coach Sunny Shalesh said two teams had been identified to play for the national team.

“Overall, the players skills have improved throughout the years and some of them have been impressive during the circuit.

“We also had two national teams playing during the circuit so that newer players can learn from them,” he said.

After winning gold for the Five-A-Side blind football (B1) team Asean Paragames 2015, Shalesh said he vowed to defend the title.

“We managed to achieve the target set by MSN last year and we are hoping to achieve the same result next year.

“The Asean Para Games will be held in Kuala Lumpur in mid September and we have to defend it. Plus, it is being held at our home ground,” he said.

The Top Scorer award was given to Muhammad Fadzli Rahim who scored two goals while Ahmad Bustamam Mohd Ali was awarded the best goal keeper.

Columbia Asia has been supporting the development of blind football in Malaysia as part of its CSR project.

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