IT WAS a Real Salsa affair in the finals of the second Life Malaysia charity Futsal Tournament with both sides A and B battling it out in the final.
Both teams from Klang stormed through the group stages and found themselves at the opposite ends of the knockout stage before meeting in the final match.
The final ended with Real Salsa B clinching the title after a 3-2 win over their counterparts with Cannan FC taking third after defeating Ruben FC 5-1.
A total of 32 teams signed up for the tournament held at Samba De Futsal Petaling Jaya, with the top three winners taking home RM1,700, RM600 and RM400 respectively.
Real Salsa B goalie M. Anbarasan picked up the best goalkeeper award while Azeez Akeem Yemi from Real Salsa A received the best player award.
Real Salsa B team captain Naavin Krishnan said the quality of players were surprisingly high but was glad both Real Salsa teams were able to take the top two places.
“We feel good being a part of this; coming out on a weekend to do two good things at the same time – playing the game we love while benefitting charity,” he said.
Life Malaysia charity Futsal Tournament was organised by Persatuan Kebajikan Insan Penyayang Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor – also known as Life Malaysia – was able to raise RM6,000 for its projects in providing humanitarian aid.
Perkip chairman Diccam Lourdes explained that the non-profit organisation, comprising mostly young professionals, initially aimed to raise RM15,000 from the tournament.
“We first started by distributing food to the homeless in the Klang Valley but we moved on to focus on the youth as well as welfare,” he said, adding that they were funded mostly by contributions from its volunteer members.
“But there are limits on how much we can raise from our own pockets.”
Diccam said they want to focus on youth, sports and welfare next year.
“The best thing to get youths’ interested in is sports.
He also highlighted that in rural areas, there were still many schools that lacked proper facilities and had students who could not afford a meal.
Diccam said that Life Malaysia received about RM40,000 from various causes locally as well as internationally since it was founded in 2015 and includes providing welfare to refugee children, SJK (T) Pulau Carey Selatan as well as flood victims in Kuantan, Pahang and Kerala, India.
Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok officiated at the event while Sabai assemblyman Kamache Doray Rajoo presented the prizes to the winning teams during the closing ceremony.
“We need youngsters like them to uplift the community and nation.
Politicians can’t do things alone, we need the youth’s support,” said Kamache.