PETALING JAYA: The best of the district football teams will get down to action next month.
The “Liga Bolasepak Rakyat” (LBR) or Community League, involving amateur footballers has now reached the climax – the national Finals.
LBR’s chief operating officer Azman Ibrahim said a total of 450 matches have been played so far since the preliminary rounds kicked-off on a zonal basis August last year.
The competition is open to Under-28 players, including five Under-21 boys.
“It is a good start to expose the raw talents from the districts. We have had 110 districts taking part, including from Sabah and Sarawak. Now we have come to the cream of the crop,” said Azman.
A total of 16 teams have qualified for the national finals, which will kick-off on February 5. The teams have been divided into four groups with the top two qualifying for the quarter-finals.
The LBR is the brainchild of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, in a bid to unearth hidden talents from the districts.
The champions will take home RM100,000, runners-up RM75,000 and losing semi-finalists RM25,000 each.