PETALING JAYA: Debutants Malaysian Indian Sports Council-Malaysian Indian Football Association (MISC-MIFA) defied the form books to beat fancied Sabah and lift the Tun Sharifah Rodziah Cup.
Defending champions Sabah went down 3-2 in a penalty shootout after both teams were deadlocked 1-1 in regulation time in the women’s final at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) grounds in Bangi.
Sabah led 1-0 through Norathirah Mamat in the 46th minute before MISC-MIFA equalised through Sihaya Azad in the 59th minute.
In the shootout, skipper Eslilah Esar, Rozeini Dusileh and Haindree Mosroh scored for MISC-MIFA while Zaffeka Zakaria and captain Jaciah Jumilis got the goals for 11-time champions Sabah.
Police routed Sarawak 4-1 to finish third. Malini Nordin (second minute), Angela Kais (seventh), Masyita Mohd Tajib (88th) and Lovelytha Jelus (89th) scored for the Cops while Sarawak replied through Zaiton Ali (83rd).
Sabah’s Norathira and goalkeeper Nurul Azurin Mazlan won the top scorer and best players awards.
Ten teams took part in the 28th edition of the tournament, which made its return after an 11-year-hiatus.