Fauzi on the double

MISC-MIFA's B. Thinagaran (centre) heads the ball during a corner kick

MOHAMAD Fauzi Abdul Kader scored a brace in Malaysian Indian Sports Council-Malaysian Indian Football Association’s (MISC-MIFA) 4-0 win over Cebagoo FC in a FAM Cup match recently.

The striker was on target in the 24th and 78th minutes of the match at the UPM Sports Complex in Serdang.

MISC-MIFA’s other two goals came from M. Ganeswaran and substitute L. Thanaraj in the seventh and 78th minute, respectively.

The win was indeed inspiring for MISC-MIFA as their last win was on April 16 when they edged YBU FC 2-1 in Ipoh.

Following the win against Cebagoo FC , MISC-MIFA, coached by former international K. Sanbagamaran, moved from the bottom of the 12-team table to 11th spot with 16 points from four wins, four draws and 10 losses.

It was indeed an inspiring display by MISC-MIFA. They dominated the match and did not allow Cebagoo FC any room to trouble their defence.

MISC-MIFA goalkeeper Mohd Al-Husairi Ibrahim was also in his element and denied the Cebagoo FC strikers any chance to get the better of him.

Cebagoo FC’s leading striker Jufrey Omopor was playing well with his speedy darting runs but was unable to beat Mohd Al-Husairi.

MIFA president Datuk T. Mohan as well as other officials were excited with the team’s convincing win.

“It is indeed good to see the team win. In fact, the players gave a good account and scored the convincing win. But we cannot afford to celebrate as our position in the standings is not encouraging.

“The players should look at the win as a positive sign and look forward to winning their remaining matches. At the end of the season, we would like to see the team in a decent position,’’ said Mohan.

MISC-MIFA will meet Harimau Muda C at the Maybank Sports Complex in Bangi on Sunday. And Mohan said they were looking forward to collect maximum points.

“We had beaten them in the first round. They players will be motivated to win again,’’ added Mohan.

Cebagoo FC president Mod Joh Wid admitted that they were outclassed.

“MISC-MIFA played well and took the chances that came their way. We did not expect to lose by four goals. Unlike the teams, in Peninsular, we have a tough schedule.

“We have to travel for our away matches and training sessions had to be reduced. The players are also tired after the hectic schedule.

“We had big ambitions but they are slipping away. It does not look bright as we have only a few more matches. The other teams have also taken a healthy lead in the standings. We are now looking to a decent spot among the top five,’’ said Mod Joh.

Cebagoo FC, after the defeat, have dropped to the sixth spot on 23 points.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur stayed in contention for promotion when they defeated table toppers Kuantan FA 2-0 at the UKM Sports Complex in Bangi.

Kuala Lumpur, coached by former international Tang Siew Seng, moved to the second spot with 32 points. Kuantan FA, with 38 points, remained at the top.

Kuantan Port, who have played one match less, are third with 29 points while Harimau Muda C and Kedah Malays are fourth and fifth with 24 points.

Results : MISC-MIFA bt Cebagoo 4-0; Kuala Lumpur bt Kuantan FA 2-0; Kedah Malays bt Malacca 3-1; MOF KL drew Sungai Ara FC 0-0.

Fixtures (kick off at 4.45pm unless stated)

Sunday : Kuantan FA vs Kedah Malays (8.45pm - Darulmakmur Stadium, Kuantan); Kuala Lumpur vs Cebagoo FC (UKM Sports Complex, Bangi); Harimau Muda C vs MISC-MIFA (Maybank Sports Complex, Bangi); Hulu Terengganu District FA vs Kuantan Port (Gong Badak Sports Complex, Kuala Terengganu); Sungai Ara FC vs YBU FC (8.45pm - USM Sports Complex, Penang)


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