PETALING JAYA: It has been a season with a fairy-tale ending for Selangor MPPJ in the M-League. After having given Herculean efforts to beat the odds and claim the coveted Malaysia Cup, it’s time to party.
In the Cup-winning run, the Premier II club claimed the scalps of defending champions Selangor and former FA Cup champions Penang in the group matches. They eliminated highly fancied Pahang in the quarter-finals and went on to oust Perlis.
And in the match for the Cup at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday, they again rose to the occasion to score a convincing 3-0 win over Sabah.
Coach Dollah Salleh said that the boys had done the job with flying colours and it was time for them to take a break.
“It has been a terrific season for the boys and me. We need a rest and the boys deserve to have some fun for all the hard work they had put in to produce this fantastic result. No club have won the Malaysia Cup before. We did it and it is a great feeling and a special moment,” said Dollah yesterday.
Manager Redzuan Sintol that they had plans for elaborate celebrations to mark their success to become the best football team in Malaysia this year.
“We are finalising the details for our victory procession on Tuesday,” said Sintol.
The procession is expected to begin at the Petaling Jaya Stadium in Kelana Jaya and end at the MPPJ headquarters in Jalan Yong Shook Lin.
MPPJ are taking great pride in their achievement and they managed to whip up good support with about 20,000 registered fan club members prior to the final. They also had about 45,000 of the 65,000 spectators rooting for them in the final.
The MPPJ president, Datuk Abdul Karim Munisar, is expected to announce the rewards and incentives for the team and officials for the huge success achieved in only their second season in the M-League.
MPPJ finished fourth in Premier II and failed to make it to the eight-team Super League at the last hurdle of the playoff, losing to Sarawak.
The team players and officials begun the party after they returned from the stadium to their camp at the PJ Hilton on Saturday.
Another gathering was held at the Rasta Food Court in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, last night.