Malaysian Integrated Business (MIB) College proved their mettle in student sports when they emerged champions of the Masiswa Football Tournament, winning a nail-biting final at Mini Stadium in Uniten, Kajang, Selangor.
In the showpiece clash, MIB made sure of the silverware with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah (Unishams). And it was a deserved triumph for MIB, whose goals came from Sylvester Anak Seli and Mohd Affan.
The winners lost in the group stage against UniKL 4-0, but bounced back by defeating Inti Kuala Lumpur 3-1 in a penalty shootout, saw off the challenge of Sunway University 1-0 in the
quarter-finals and Infrastructure University KL 3-1 in the semi-finals.
In the event organised by Majlis Sukan IPTS Malaysia (Masiswa), in collaboration with Education Ministry (Higher Education), 20 private universities and colleges took part.
“This programme aims to produce professional athletes who are also academically successful,” said Datuk Ahmad Amizal Shaifit, who is president of Qhaleefa MIB Football Club – a joint venture between MIB College and Qhaleefa FC.
“The emphasis is on both academics and co-curriculum achievement of our students.”
Qhaleefa MIB FC is headed by two coaches, ex-Malaysian footballers Hasmawi Hassan and Azizon Abd Kadir.
MIB chief operating officer and founder of their student athlete programme Raj Kumar, said: “MIB has met the target of qualifying for the Liga IPT 2019 and aims to be competing in Malaysian Premier League by year 2020”.
The reference here was made to the eight quarter-finalists qualifying for the Liga IPT (Liga Bola Sepak IPT).
Kumar added: “MIB College offers sports scholarships, free accommodation, meal allowances and waiver of registration fees for aspiring athletes, both local and international.
“Presently, MIB focuses on football, netball, cricket and futsal, and are planning to add more sports in the near future,” said Kumar.
Malaysian Integrated Business College started out as the English Hotbreads School of Baking in 1977, making it the first baking and culinary school in the region.
Over the years, MIB College diversified its programmes into other fields such as business, event management and communications. It is essentially a practical application of outcome based education system and a learning experience that covers a wide range of business, social and entrepreneurial values.