JSA Academy tame Red Hawks to lift Under-17 title


Splendid show: The JSA Academy were in smashing form as they brushed aside fancied Red Hawks 4-0 in the Under-17 final.

PETALING JAYA: The inaugural season of the Milo Junior Champions League closed its curtains on Sunday with five teams emerging as champions in their respective categories.

The tournament, which is a continuation of the maiden Milo Challenger Cup held in June this year, saw the best 12 football teams from each age category (Under-8, Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-17) showing off their prowess.

The Under-17 final was a thrilling affair as dominant JSA Academy were in smashing form as they brushed aside fancied Red Hawks 4-0 in a one-sided match in Setia Alam, Shah Alam.

The club’s top performer was Mohd Sufian Azim when he inspired a dominating performance by contributing a brace.

JSA Academy’s head coach Lafizulnizam Abd Latip commended his team for their success by acknowledging his player’s consistency throughout the tournament.

“The boys were fantastic on and off the field and it has been a privilege for me to coach and manage them. I’m happy that they have carried out their duties well as planned and we’re looking forward for more successes.”

Meanwhile, the Under-14 fixture on the final day of competition saw heavyweights Petaling Perdana overcoming tournament favourites Lynx Academy in a fiery 2-0 victory.

Khalish Fakhrey’s 12 goals contribution throughout the campaign for Petaling Perdana was acknowledged in style as he was conferred with the top scorer trophy in the Under-14 category.

“With the blessings of the Almighty, I’m glad for playing a significant role in my team’s success throughout this tournament and I believe that we have the capabilities to achieve bigger goals in the future,” said the jubilant Khalish.

Milo and JSA Academy will be teaming up again for the Junior Champions League season B scheduled next month.

The tournament is set to introduce new divisions (premier and championship) for the participating teams including a category for girls.

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