Young talents show their mettle


  • Community Sports
  • Thursday, 27 Jun 2019

Maria (standing sixth from left) with Kelantan outfit Arena Erynis who emerged champions in the Under-16 category.

TOP performers of the latest edition of the Milo Hidup Bola futsal carnival have been given more opportunities to shine in international football championships.

They booked their ticket to international glory based on their performances at the grand finals of the annual futsal carnival, now in its 14th year.

The grand finals saw 32 teams in each of the two categories, Under-12 and Under-16, battling for top honours following a series of nationwide state-level qualifying rounds.

A total of 1,195 teams participated in this year’s edition, one of the biggest turnouts the carnival has seen, marking yet another significant milestone in Milo’s six-decade long grassroots sports development efforts in Malaysia.

Under-12 champions SAA All Star (red and black jerseys) showing off their skills during the grand finals.
Under-12 champions SAA All Star (red and black jerseys) showing off their skills during the grand finals.  

“The Milo Hidup Bola keeps the tradition of excellence alive, and this year, together with our partners, we are introducing new elements and an international football championship to elevate the status of grassroots talent development, while adding a competitive edge to one of our most beloved sports initiatives.

“Competitiveness breeds excellence, confidence, resilience and most importantly, respect, all of which are values that make sports a great teacher.

“We are proud of the pool of talent that this event has produced this year and we cannot wait to showcase them to the world,” said Milo Malaysia consumer marketing manager Maria Murni Nur Azmi.

The newly introduced international championship is the Milo Champions Cup (Under-12) which will be held in Barcelona, Spain, in August, made possible through a partnership with Spanish football giants Barcelona.

Eight top performing individual Under-12 players, including two girls, will be selected to represent Malaysia and compete against 13 other countries which include Indonesia, Jamaica and Colombia.

Announcement of these outstanding children will be made in due course.

(Right) Under-16 winners Arena Erynis (in blue) in action during the grand finals.
Under-16 winners Arena Erynis (in blue) in action during the grand finals.

Meanwhile, Milo Champions Trophy (Under-16) is making a return and this year, it will be hosted by Milo Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 17 to 18.

The top four Under-16 teams who advanced to the semi-final round of the Milo Hidup Bola grand finals will pit themselves against four international teams from South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.

RESULTSUnder-12First - SAA All Star (Kedah) RM15,000 with trophy

Second - Rusham FC (Kedah) RM10,000

Third - Stylo Milo Jr. (Johor) RM7,000

Fourth - The Fighter (Perlis)

Under-16First - Arena Erynis (Kelantan) RM15,000 with trophy

Second - PFA KTT Odin (Sarawak) RM10,000

Third - Ally (Kuala Lumpur) RM7,000

Fourth - Iba Darul Naim (Kuala Lumpur)


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