Photo above: From left – Christopher, Mohd. Alias, Rithuan, Rozman, Wong, SK Tan and the LAFA committee are seen with the cup and trophy won by Labuan football team.
September 12, 2016
LABUAN – It is a glorious achievement for Labuan Football Association (LAFA) after its football team emerged as the champion in the recent football tournament of Datuk Musa Aman Cup held in Tawau.
The glittering performance by Labuan football team in the final against Tawau after leading with score, 2-1 ended with the host team scored for the equalizer in the last minute before the referee blew the whistle to drag the game to penalty shoot.
Labuan football team, which joined the tournament upon invitation was finally sealed their victory by winning 4-2 against Tawau in the penalty shoot to win the cash prize of RM25,000 beside the trophies.
The president of LAFA, SK Tan on yesterday in his speech expressed his joy with the team performance coached by Christopher Darison after winning the cup with superb performance.
“We do hope that we can maintain this victory in the future and will always prepare for the future tournament where on next month there will be another tournament in Sabah,” he said, adding that to ensure the continuous football development in this island, LAFA would organize several programmes such as to reach the schools here to find the football talents.
He said further that LAFA did send one of its players to join the programme under Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) in Manchester, England to participate the football programme in Manchester United (MU) back in 2013.
“We did also send another eight of our players to participate in football programme organized by Real Madrid Football Club at Singapore on 2014.
“I hope all parties here including the government and non-governmental organizations will support our team for us to win in tournaments such as the FA Cup and Premier League Cup in the future,” he said in the dinner held at Hotel Labuan Point to appreciate the LAFA players.
SK Tan also thanked to the cash incentives being given to LAFA by Labuan Member of Parliament, Datuk Rozman Isli totaling RM10,000 and another RM5,000 by the president of Labuan Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Datuk Wong Kii Yii.
To recall back their victory in Tawau, Labuan football team who was mostly represented by players under 21 with some five senior players were first defeated by Tawau in their first match with score, 0-1.
In the second match they won against Kinabatangan, 1-0 before ended with draw match against Tuaran, 1-1 to qualify into semifinal.
The feared Telupid team was defeated by Labuan, 2-0 in the semifinal before playing against the host team, Tawau that earlier defeated Labuan in the first match.
Meanwhile, Rozman in his speech hoped that the victory would be Labuan’s new step to move further in football achievement where he pledged that he would always give his full support to the team.
Also present were the deputy chief executive officer (management) of Labuan Corporation, Rithuan Mohd Ismail and LAFA advisor, Datuk Seri Mohd. Alias Abdul Rahman.