SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan players are in for a windfall for their success in winning the FA Cup, their first major trophy won by the state senior football team in 55 years.
Negri Mentri Besar Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad, who is also the president of the FA (NSFA), announced yesterday that the players and officials would share the RM100,000 prize money.
He added that they had not decided on other forms of rewards from the state government and the team would get to share whatever money they received from other sources.
“We hope that the players will stay focussed on their tasks for the rest of the season,” he said.
“We are happy to have won the FA Cup and we hope that this win will boost the team to greater heights. We hope the team will also win the Premier II title and do well in the Malaysia Cup competition.”
Negri scored a golden goal to beat Perlis 2-1 in the final at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh on Saturday.
It was Negri's first win in domestic senior competitions after having won the Division Two title in 1990. They only have one other Cup success to their name – in the HMS Malaya Cup in 1948.
Mohamed Isa said at the launch of the Umno membership drive motor campaign at the Dataran Senawang that he hoped Negri would make the grade for the eight-team Super League.
Negri would put their celebrations on hold. They will resume training today for a Premier II match against Kelantan TNB in Kota Baru on Friday. They will be at home to Brunei on Sunday.
Negri are in second place in the 12-team Premier II with 26 points from 13 matches. Leaders Johor have 32 points.