A HEALTH product entrepreneur’s intense interest in football drove him to sponsor and become the patron of Teratak Twelve FC, a football club for boys at Flat Sri Pulau Pinang in Cheras.
The football team would then compete in the Shah Alam League (LSA), an M4 amateur football league organised by the Malaysian Football League (MFL).
8ightplus Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Kamil Mohktar said he decided to be club patron as he was impressed by the determination and dedication of the players as well as the team management who were committed to honouring the name of their residence through football.
“As a former footballer who played in the President Cup and Razak Cup, I could see the quality of the players and I am confident the team will go far if given the right dose of support,” he said.
“I understand training for these boys was solely through friendly matches. This is among the problems they faced because each match involved costs for pitch rental and payment for referee and officials.
“The funds will enable Teratak Twelve FC to hold more friendly matches to improve the team and also purchase quality training gear for the squad,” he said.
Kamil’s participation has invigorated the team, which was set up 20 years ago. It has since received sponsorship from sportswear company Line Seven as well as sponsorship from frozen food company NJ Frozen.
Kamil said he hopes to instil
the spirit of family and high
discipline by exposing the team to community work such as gotong royong and assisting the less fortunate.
As an example, he said the team organised charity matches to collect funds in aid of the late former Selangor player Anuar Abu Bakar, who died of liver cancer, apart from preparing bubur lambuk for the people at the Ramadan bazaar of Bandar Sri Permaisuri in Cheras every week.
“Through these activities, bonding among team players and management is further strengthened on the field,” he said adding that the practice was effective as Teratak Twelve are in the top four of LSA.
After four matches, Teratak Twelve are in fourth spot out of the 12 teams in the division with two wins, one draw and a loss.
Kamil said the team is targeting to qualify for the M3 League and to emulate Tun Razak FC, the local club now playing in the M3 League as well as the second round of the Shopee FA Cup 2019.
“With the determination of the players, I am confident they will give their best performance and create history by producing players to represent the state and country such as Azman Adnan, Azrul Amri Burhan and Ivan Yusof, the team coach who originates from the flats in the area,” he said.
Kamil said he also planned to provide allowance for the players in the near future to motivate them further. — Bernama
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