HOO Tat Chang SC, a Cambodian-based factory outfit, spiced up the 2nd edition of the Delta Force Sevens football challenge at Penang Sports Club.
The only foreign team in the fray, they won both the Masters and Veterans titles in the competition hosted by football club Waterfall Rangers as part of their 50th anniversary celebration.
Powered by former national striker Shamsurin Abdul Rahman and former state player Chee Wan Hoe, the team named after their founder Hoo Tat Chang was simply one rung above the rest.
They hoisted the Masters Cup (for players aged 50 or above) after beating Waterfall Rangers 1-0 in the final.
Shamsurin was the hero as he bolted home the all-important goal just three minutes into the second half.
The Hoo Tat Chang veterans team, consisting of players aged 40 or above, made it a double celebration when they outclassed Kuala Lumpur’s Umbro A Sports 3-1 in the final.
Hoo, who is also Malaysian Chinese Football Association deputy president, said he was proud of his players’ achievement.
He said they had earlier failed to make an impression during the recent Penang Sports Club International Sevens challenge.
They crashed out in the quarter- finals in both categories.
“The players certainly bounced back in style after the disappointment.
“Our victory here also justified our invitation by Waterfall Rangers to help spice up their football challenge and golden celebration,” said Hoo.
The competition featured 24 teams with 12 teams each taking part in the Masters and Veterans challenge.
S-finals: Waterfall Rangers (Pen) bt Beluga FC (Kul) 2-0; Hoo Tat Chang SC (Cam) bt Anfield FC (Kul) 1-0 on penalties. FT: 0-0.
Final: Hoo Tat Chang SC (Cam) bt Waterfall Rangers (Pen) 1-0.
S-finals: Paya Besar Veterans (Ked) bt 2020 FC (Kul) 3-2; Pemuda Cheras (Kul) bt Bukit Jambul FC (Pen) 2-1 on penalties. FT: 1-1
Final: Pemuda Cheras (Kul) bt Paya Besar Veterans (Ked) 1-0.
S-finals: Umbro A Sports (Kul) bt Ahtmas My World (Kul) 1-0; Hoo Tat Chang SC (Cam) bt Waterfall Rangers ‘Red’ (Pen) 3-1.
Final: Hoo Tat Chang SC (Cam) bt Umbro A Sports (Kul) 3-1.
S-finals: PPJ FC (Kul) bt KBVS FC (Kul) 6-5 on penalties. FT: 1-1; Beluga FC (Kul) bt Timuran FC (Pen) 3-2 on penalties. FT: 0-0.
Final: PPJ FC (Kul) bt Beluga FC (Kul) 1-0.