Zakry’s Seremban City BC determined to meet huge target in ACPLJ

Giving valuable advice: Former international Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif with one of his team’s players.

PETALING JAYA: Former international Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif has set a big goal for his team in the Aeon Credit Purple League Junior (ACPLJ) starting this weekend in Melaka.

As one of the top 38 teams that will be competing in this year’s edition, Seremban City BC’s team manager Zakry said his team were all fired-up to clinch the junior title.

“Our team players have been training vigorously for the past two months for this tournament. And with the support of our experienced state players, we are determined to bring home this prestigious ACPLJ title,” said Zakry.

Seremban City BC will face Perling BC and Mentakab BC in Group C in the Under-15 category. For the Under-18, they will go against JBBC and Damansara BC.

Newcomers Melaka City BC have also sounded an early warning of their aspirations to go far in this tournament.

An upbeat team manager Shahidi Shahidan said his charges would not be making up the numbers.

“We are capable of pulling off a surprise in this tournament. I believe with the strength of our homegrown talents, we can progress to the grand finals.”

The club from the historic city will face WCBF Sibu and Petaling Jaya BC in Group A in the Under-15 category. For the Under-18, they will fancy their chances against Sentosa United BC and DSBC Labuan.

The ACPLJ will be played over three group stages between January to February and will culminate in a grand finale.

A total of 38 teams will be divided into two to four groups and will play in a round-robin format during the qualifying stages. The top four teams from each leg will then proceed to play in the grand final.

After the first leg from Jan 8-9 at the Smazh Premium Outlet, it will be followed by the second leg at the Sixbase Sport Arena, Kampar, from Jan 15-16 and the third leg at the Tops Arena Empire in Cheras from Jan 22-23.

The Grand Finals will be from Feb 19-20 but the venue has yet to be confirmed.

Malaysia Purple League (MPL)’s chief operating officer Ho Khek Mong said: “Most of the players who are taking part in the ACPLJ are still in secondary school and this will be a great opportunity for them to get a taste of playing in a competitive badminton tournament.”

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