GRAND Hyatt Kuala Lumpur emerged as champions at the recently concluded Inter Hotel Champion Football Cup Challenge, which saw participation from 21 teams at the Stadium Pancarona in Putrajaya.
They defeated Concorde Shah Alam 4-2 on penalties, after the match was tied 1-1 after extra time to claim the Gemba Trans and Tours Sdn Bhd Cup and 100Plus Cup along with a cash prize of RM10,000.
Both teams showcased good skills and were evenly matched in the finals. However, Norefendle Nor Azman of Grand Hyatt was able to take advantage of an opportunity to give his side the lead in the first half.
Concorde Shah Alam entered the second half with more zest and were in control of the game, but their opponent’s resolute defence made it difficult for them to score. However, they managed to equalise via Wan Mohd Dzul Affizi after a swift counter attack move to make it 1-1.
The scoreline stayed that way even after extra time, forcing a penalty shoot-out which saw the KL side’s goalkeeper Nasri Aliudin turn hero as he saved the final spot kick.
Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa finished in third place while Seri Pacific Kuala Lumpur took fourth.
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur employees also swept all the special awards with Muhammad Syathori Awang Long taking the Golden Boot and Most Valuable Player while Nasri was named Man-of-the-Match for his heroics in the final.
The football carnival is one of the annual sporting events held for hotel workers and was organised by Zuhas Sports with 100Plus as gold sponsor and Gemba Trans and Tours Sdn Bhd as the tournament patron.
Zuhas Sports managing director Zulkarnain Mohd Zain said the carnival was a tribute to hotel workers who play a big role in the country’s tourism industry.
“The response was very encouraging this year and we are grateful for the support of hotel employers who gave their employees the opportunity to be a part of this football carnival,” he said.
“Through this carnival, we were able to gather the staff of the hotel sector for recreation, exchange of ideas in addition to participating in a healthy sporting activity between employees and employers,” he said after receiving sponsorship contributions from F&N Beverages Marketing regional event and sponsorship manager Muhammad Fauzi Ahmad and Four Seasons Hotel Food and Beverage director Nazly Ibrahim.
Among the teams which participated were Marriott Putrajaya, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Double Tree and Mandarin Oriental, Aloft, Genting Hotel, Shangri La Kuala Lumpur, Grand Millennium, Sunway Resorts, Concorde Shah Alam, Berjaya Time Square, Avani Goldcoast Sepang, Sunway Putra, Ascott Kuala Lumpur Hotel V.E.,Corus Kuala Lumpur, Sofitel, New World Hotel, Hotel Maluri and Four Seasons.