Breathtaking image of futsal court in remote Sabah goes viral


Pix courtesy of Mohd Khairul Amin Mohammad

PETALING JAYA: If Lord of the Rings' Rivendell had its own elvish futsal team, this is where they would train.

This breathtaking image (pix) of a school futsal court in the interior of Sabah went viral after it was highlighted on the Harimau Malaya Facebook page.

A teacher from SK Logongon in Nabawan, Sabah, sent the remarkable drone image of the creeper-covered court, and Malaysians responded with awe and amazement.

Although the surroundings appear to be teeming with foliage, the court itself, which lies in the centre of a "green lake" of leaves, was kept neat and clean.

"It is intentionally left that way so as to avoid the heat of the sun and to provide fresh air," read the page's caption, which described the location as a "fantasy world".

"According to the teacher, in order to get here, you have to drive two hours on logging roads using a four-wheel-drive and cross a river which can take one hour.

"From the school, to reach this futsal court, villagers or students must walk through hilly terrain for 15 minutes," it said, adding that the school is located "far from the city."

Nabawan is some 70km from Keningau.

The image, posted on Sunday evening, has received more than 500 shares and 8,000 likes as of 10am Monday.

According to the Nabawan district office, it takes approximately three hours to get to the school from Nabawan town, a distance of about 50 miles (80km). However, the route to the school is not accessible when it rains.

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