Community Sports: Younger than 16 team determined to win the title against Singapore this Saturday



The Sultan of Selangor's Cup (TSSC) Under 16 squadron tries to conquer the Under-16 Schools Challenge trophy at home when they face their Singaporean counterparts this Saturday.

After three months of preparations and with only three days to go, the team can not wait to tame the Under-16 Lions after Singapore Selangor draws 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 regulation time at the inaugural School Challenge last year.

To encourage the rising stars TSSC-organizing chairman Tan Sri Abdul Karim Munisar gave an inspiring speech for the 18 youngsters who will start the annual competition at the Shah Alam stadium.

"We hope that the young players will do their best, but we do not want them to feel pressured, the most important thing being that they can go out and enjoy the game.

The Sultan of Selangor & # 39; s Cup Under-16 team consists of 18 of the best youth players in Selangor. - Photo & # 39; s: IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star

The Sultan of Selangor & # 39; s Cup Under-16 team consists of 18 of the best youth players in Selangor. – Photo & # 39; s: IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star

"I want them to do their best for the race," he said after the young people had finished training in Shah Alam.

This was the same spirit that Abdul Karim urged the MPPJ FC team in 2003 when they became the first non-state team to win the Malaysia Cup.

Team Captain Muhammad Iqmal Hazim Muhamed Supian, 16, of SMK Section 11 Shah Alam, said it was a matter of pride that they would do their best to keep the trophy and "Selangor" engraved on the trophy.

It may not be his first captain, but Iqmal acknowledges that it is nothing like he has experienced before, because this time they will play in the name of the state and play in honor of Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

"I am used to playing for large crowds and being captain, but this is different, and we were also told that the Raja Muda of Selangor will be there to support us.

"Everything we do on Saturday night has to be the best we can give and of course we will fight to the end.

Abdul Karim (upright, in blue) speaking to the Under-16 Schools Challenge players after a training session this week.

Abdul Karim (upright, in blue) speaking to the Under-16 Schools Challenge players after a training session this week.

"We have been training hard for this race and I pray that when the chances come, our fighting spirit will lead us to victory and win the trophy for Selangor.

"My parents also told me to be a good captain of my teammates and give them the support they need during the game," he added.

This year's team consists of all 16-year-olds representing the best group of young people in the state of seven schools: SMK Bandar Seri Putra, Smart School Asia-Pacific, SMK Section 11, SMK Saujana Impian, SMK Dato Harun, SMK Meru and also the Bukit Jalil Sports School.

The under-16 head coach Asmawi Bakiri said that the school holidays were the beginning of their final preparations and was lucky enough to allow the boys to participate in a friendly match against the Under-21 Selangor Sukma-team.

"We started with 30 students before we had chosen the last 18 and because they had to go to school, we could only have four sessions per week.

"But with the school holidays we were able to give some extra training since we started our last phase in Puncak Alam last week.

"So things are going according to our plan and we are well prepared for the race," said the former Selangor defender.

Given the opportunity and circumstances, Asmawi has high expectations and winning is of course the main goal, but he is also aware that the Singaporeans will not catch up on this luminaire.

"Yet this is a one-match showdown and for us this is an opportunity to not only take the trophy, but also set the standard for future Selangor players under 16," he said, adding that it will be important to have a cool head and manage the pressure of playing for the home team on Saturday.


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