Jun 19, 2017

Shahril hit London for Global Tango League

adidas Tango League’s Most Valuable Player, Mohd Shahril Anuar had an experience of a lifetime when he joined the other winners from around the world at the first Global Tango League Event held in London, recently.

Shahril, fondly known as “Bulat” returned from London on June 5 after an eventful 5 days, was part of the TOT United A team that emerged victorious in the adidas Tango League which took place in KL on March 19.

After topping the Tango League Kuala Lumpur Leaderboard with a total of 43 match points and walking away with an adidas boot deal, Shahril also represented Malaysia at the Global Tango League Event with the aim of developing the next generation of football influencers.

The Global Tango League not only offers the Tango League city winners an opportunity to develop and cultivate their social influence, it also serves as a platform to help them build a career in football.

In London, the players were divided into four teams and guided through a number of special activations that brought out the maximum stadium to street experience. Every team had to complete several challenges with the help of an influence mentor, who acted as the team captain, in order to prove their abilities.  
The mentors included World Freestyle Champion Sean Garnier, skill twins, Josef and Jakob El Zein, Los Desimpedidos’s Bolivia and Fred as well as Moscow’s most prominent street football crew, Street Madness.

Shahril expressed his excitement of having met these renowned football influencers who were inspirational mentors that imparted worthwhile input to their teams.

“Although it’s been a week since I’ve returned from London, I still feel excited whenever I recall meeting them. They were good mentors who really cared about the teams and shared loads of valuable advice with us.”

Some of the activities prepared involved street and cage challenges with the influencers, a YouTube Creators Studio challenge and the O2 Experience. All of them were aimed to help the players grow and improve their skills in various aspects of football.

The main highlight of the trip was when each Tango League winner took a trip down to Cardiff to catch the UEFA Champions League Final 2016/17 between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Principality Stadium. Other notable events included were the Nemeziz Event and Stamford Bridge Pitch Event in which the Tango winners enjoyed lunch while overlooking the pitch just before making their way into the stadium dressing rooms to prepare for a knockout competition played on the prestigious Chelsea FC home ground.

24 year-old Shahril commented on how this was certainly one of the best ordeals that happened to him as he learned and gained a lot of new experiences.

“I am thankful to adidas for this opportunity in competing in the Global Tango League. It’s by far the best and most memorable trip in my life because I came back feeling contented. I’ve learned so much from everyone and the invaluable experiences I’ve acquired will no doubt push me forward in the future.

The next Tango League competition expected to take place in the second half of the year, will be a great window of opportunity for footballers by providing them a platform to showcase their outstanding skills through recreating a stadium match-day ambience and professional playing circumstances.

Jun 16, 2017

FOUR INTERNATIONAL LEGENDS HEADLINE FIRST-EVER T2 ASIA-PACIFIC TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE AS TEAM CAPTAINS

Launch of new reality series that takes viewers inside the exclusive drama between team captains and players throughout the season

The first-ever T2 Asia-Pacific Table Tennis League (T2APAC) announced today an international line-up of legends as Team Captains, whose combined resume includes major titles across World Championships, Olympic Games, World Cups and continental major games and tournaments:

  • ·       Jiang Jialiang, a former two-time world champion from China, dominated the sport in the 1980s, winning multiple medals at the World Championships, World Cup and Asian Championships.
  • ·       Jörgen Persson was a former world champion and seven-time Olympian who represented Sweden in every Olympic Games when table tennis was introduced into the Olympic program in 1988 until 2012.
  • ·       Jörg Rosskopf, currently the German men’s national coach, won the silver medal in the men’s doubles at the 1992 Olympic Games and the bronze medal in the men’s singles at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
  • ·       Michael Maze from Denmark was a bronze medal winner at the 2004 Olympic Games in the men’s doubles, and widely considered to be one of the best defensive lobbers in the world.


For the Team Championship, T2APAC players will be selected by the Team Captains in accordance with a draft selection process, which has been introduced to create a level-playing field and unpredictability of outcome. The four Team Captains will compete to select the best paddlers to build a winning mixed team, comprising six players - three men and three women.

A component of its season-long umbrella marketing campaign, T2APAC also announced the launch of a new reality series, Fusion, comprising multiple episodes, each of up to 3 minutes’ duration, and rolled-out as the league unfolds across the next six months.  The series showcases the fully unscripted interpersonal dynamics between players and Team Captains both on and off the table.  It takes viewers behind the scenes as Team Captains juggle player personalities while devising gameplay strategies, revealing the intense drama that follows world-class competition, shedding insights into coaching styles, strategies and interpersonal chemistry within each team.

Audiences around the world can tune-in to watch the Team Captains select players for their respective teams, which will be produced as the first episode of Fusion, titled “The Pick”, and will be televised on 20 June on T2APAC’s Youtube, Facebook and Weibo accounts.

Said T2APAC CEO, Jeff Chue: “‘We are excited to have these four legends of the game play an integral part in the league. They will certainly add an all-new dimension to gameplay that will certainly bolster appeal of the league to new and existing fans.”

 Said Jörgen Persson: “I’m honoured to be invited to be a team captain in this groundbreaking competition. The concept of T2APAC is so unique, and I genuinely believe that getting us to play a crucial role with, and to guide and lead, current international table tennis stars will do wonders to promote the sport worldwide.”  

T2APAC has attracted table tennis’ top names, including the world’s top female paddler in Ding Ning from China, as well as Singapore’s Feng Tian Wei (World No. 4), Cheng I-Ching from Chinese Taipei (World No. 7) and South Korean Yang Haeun (World No. 23).  The event will also feature major top-10 men’s players including Dima Ovtcharov from Germany (World No. 5), Jun Mizutani (World No. 6), former World No. 1 Timo Boll from Germany (World No. 8), Chuang Chih-Yuan (World No. 10) of Chinese Taipei, and legendary defensive player Joo Saehyuk of South Korea who was ranked 5th in the world at his peak (World No. 17). The league will also feature some of the best young talents from Japan such as 13-year-old child prodigy Tomokazu Harimoto (World No. 69),17-year old Hina Hayata (World No. 16 ) who recently clinched the bronze in the women’s doubles at the Liebherr 2017 World Championships, and rising-star 13-year old Miyuu Kihara (world no. 158).

The contingent from China comprises members of the China men’s national team - World No. 51 Shang Kun, Liu Dingshuo, Xue Fei, and Wang Chuqin; and from the China women’s national team – World No. 12 Wu Yang, World No. 41 Wang Manyu, Liu Fei, and Sun Yingsha, as well as 15-year old Shi Xunyao, the Girl’s champion of the 2016 World Junior Championships.

Other top names competing in T2APAC’s inaugural season for a prize purse of over USD 1.75 million include Chen Chien-an (Chinese Taipei), Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus), Paul Drinkhall (England), Georgina Pota (Hungary), Elizabeta Samara and Bernadette Szocs (Romania), Jeon Jihee (South Korea), Aleksandr Shibaev (Russia), Matilda Ekholm and Mattias Karlsson (Sweden), as well as Suthasini Sawettabut (Thailand).

The league will feature 24 world-class players (12 men’s and 12 women’s players) per match round, with players competing in separate but concurrent men’s, women’s, and mixed-team league competitions. Some players will be playing on a rotational basis during the inaugural season. Each match in the inaugural T2APAC Table Tennis League is limited to 24 minutes, where players try to win as many games as possible within the duration.  Showcasing a unique competition model and presentation format, the league will feature a unique scoring system to ensure a level playing field and unpredictability of outcome, where audiences and fans around the world can expect edge-of-your-seat competitive excitement throughout the season.

Touted as the richest competition in today’s professional table-tennis calendar, the players will be battling for an unprecedented prize purse of more than USD 1.75 million in the inaugural season, which will be played across seven match rounds from end of this 28 June to December 2017. All 228 matches in Season 1 will be played and televised live before an invite-only studio audience from the T2CAVERN, a purpose-built arena in the Asian location of Hollywood’s iconic Pinewood Studios, situated in Johor, Malaysia.


Jun 13, 2017

T2APAC FINALISES PLAYER CAST FOR INAUGURAL SEASON

Top players from China and Japan round up final competition line-up

The inaugural T2 Asia-Pacific Table Tennis League (T2APAC) has confirmed its player lineup that includes several world-class paddlers from China and Japan.

17-year old World No. 16 Hina Hayata from Japan, who recently clinched the bronze in the women’s doubles at the Liebherr 2017 World Championships, and rising-star 13-year old Miyuu Kihara (world no. 158) will lead.

The contingent from China comprises members of the China men’s national team - World No. 51 Shang Kun, Liu Ding Shuo, Xue Fei, and Wang Chu Qin; and from the China women’s national team – World No. 12 Wu Yang, World No. 41 Wang Manyu, Liu Fei, and Sun Yingsha, as well as 15-year old Shi Xunyao, the Girl’s champion of the 2016 World Junior Championships.

Several players will be playing on a rotational basis during the inaugural season.

Said T2APAC CEO, Jeff Chue: “We are delighted to have these top players from China and Japan completing our list of paddlers for the first ever T2APAC season. We believe we have strong international representation that will resonate with audiences from around the world, and we look forward to kicking-off a great event.”

The league currently boasts several world-renowned women’s players including the world’s top female paddler in Ding Ning from China, as well as Singapore’s Feng Tianwei (World No. 4), Cheng I-Ching from Chinese Taipei (World No. 7), and South Korean Yang Haeun (World No. 23). The event will also feature major top-10 men’s players including Dima Ovtcharov from Germany (World No. 5), Jun Mizutani (World No. 6), former World No. 1 Timo Boll from Germany (World No. 8), Chuang Chih-Yuan (World No. 10) of Chinese Taipei, and legendary defensive player Joo Sae Hyuk of South Korea who was ranked 5th in the world at his peak (World No. 17). The league will also feature some of the best young talents in the world such as 13-year-old child prodigy Tomokazu Harimoto (World No. 69) from Japan.

Other top names competing in T2APAC’s inaugural season for a prize purse of over USD 1.5 million include Chen Chien-an (Chinese Taipei), Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus), Paul Drinkhall (England), Georgina Pota (Hungary), Elizabeta Samara and Bernadette Szocs (Romania), Jeon Jihee (South Korea), Aleksandr Shibaev (Russia), Matilda Ekholm and Mattias Karlsson (Sweden), as well as Suthasini Sawettabut (Thailand).

All players will be grouped into four mixed-teams for the Team Championship by way of a selection process, and picked by four table tennis legends each of whom will lead a team - Jiang Jialiang (former two-time world champion from China, multiple medalist at the World Championships, World Cup and Asian Championships), Jörgen Persson (former world champion and seven-time Olympian from Sweden), Jörg Rosskopf, (bronze medalist in the 1996 Summer Olympics men’s singles from Germany) and Michael Maze (bronze medal winner at the 2004 Olympic Games in the men’s doubles from Denmark).

The four Team Captains will compete to select the best paddlers to build a winning team - each mixed-team will comprise three men’s and three women’s players. The Team Championship will add a new dimension of competitive excitement for audiences throughout the season.

Premiering this 28 June, this first-ever sports league will be held live entirely in the Asian location of Hollywood’s iconic Pinewood Studios, situated in Johor, Malaysia.  Unique to T2APAC, all 228 matches in Season 1 will be played and televised live before an invite-only studio audience from the T2CAVERN, a purpose-built arena integrating competition field-of-play, sponsor lounges, hospitality suites, player training area, and production sets that will be specially constructed within a dedicated film stage at the world-class film and television production complex.  Since 1936, the world-renowned Pinewood Studios has been the home of blockbuster Hollywood franchises such as Star Wars and James Bond.

In partnership with Pinewood Studios and Astro Malaysia, Southeast Asia’s leading consumer entertainment group, T2APAC aims to deliver the next generation of multi-media ‘sportainment’ for fans and consumers, and an immersive in-venue experience that will enable studio audiences to get up close and personal to the world-class stars and table tennis action.


Touted as the richest competition in today’s professional table-tennis calendar, the players will be battling for an unprecedented prize purse of more than USD 1.75 million in the inaugural season, which will be played across seven match rounds from end of this June to December 2017. 

Jun 5, 2017

TMJ Berkenan Biayai Kos Perubatan Adik Adra, Menjunjung Kasih Tunku!

Beberapa hari lalu kita mendengar khabar anak kedua kepada pemain bola sepak Perlis, Alafi Mahmud iaitu adik Adra Medina memerlukan sumbangan orang ramai bagi menampung kos pembedahannya.

Adik Adra yang menghidap penyakit jantung berlubang perlu menjalani pembedahan dengan segera supaya dapat kembali pulih.

Semalam, Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ), Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim menyampaikan khabar yang pastinya menggembirakan keluarga adik Adra apabila baginda berkenan untuk menggunakan wang baginda sendiri sebanyak RM100,000 bagi menampung sepenuhnya kos pembedahan adik Adra.

Tunku Ismail bertitah baginda akan menyalurkan sendiri wang sebanyak RM100,000 terus kepada Yayasan Institut Jantung Negara (IJNF) bagi memastikan pembedahan adik Adra dapat berjalan dengan lancar.

Selain itu, Tunku Ismail juga turut menitahkan doktor peribadi baginda untuk membantu memantau keadaan adik Adra bagi memastikan kesihatan bayi yang baru berusia 49 hari itu sentiasa dijaga rapi.

Pembedahan pertama adik Adra dijadualkan pada Sabtu ini dan kita semua pastinya mendoakan supaya semuanya berjalan dengan baik. Menjunjung kasih Tunku Ismail atas keprihatinan baginda serta orang ramai yang menghulurkan sumbangan bagi membiayai pembedahan ini. Tuhan memberkati.

Jun 2, 2017

NFDP Players Hit It Off with Football Ace



KUALA LUMPUR (2 June 2017): Fifty National Football Development Program (NFDP) players were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to mingle and break fast with Malaysian professional footballer, Faiz Subri of Penang FA at the One World Hotel in Petaling Jaya, earlier today.  

The privilege of being able to socialize with the professional footballer enabled further motivation and inspiration, especially for the 25 NFDP players who have been selected to take part in a series of friendly matches in Clairefontaine, France.

The team departs for France on June 5 before going up against the Clairefontaine U-15 selection and the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) U-15 selection. Thereafter, the NFDP U-15 Elite team will then continue their journey to Amsterdam on June 11 to undertake a series of friendly matches (June 13 – Feyenoord; June 20 - SBV Vitesse) and to compete in an U-15 tournament featuring teams from the Dutch Eredivisie League (17 June – AZ Alkmaar, FC Copenhagen, PSV Eindhoven and SBV Vitesse). 

adidas, NFDP’s official sportswear partner were present to grace the event as they presented 25 boys of the Under-15 Elite team with the new Dust Storm Pack (Ace, Nemeziz and X) boots. It was adidas’ way of showing its support by ensuring our next generation of players are equipped with the best footwear.

The Dust Storm Pack features Nemeziz, the latest boot from adidas Football as one of the key silos alongside the Ace and X. Nemeziz’s stadium, street and cage versions introduced several new designs such as the AGILITYKNIT 2.0 and TORSIONTAPES technology to deliver the ultimate fit and lightweight feel to cater for the most agile players of the game. The boot - launched with a bold black and white colourway - is already in adidas retail outlets nationwide.

“I think this event is highly beneficial for our team of young players and we are thankful to adidas as this opportunity came at the right time just before the boys leave for France. This is a great boost in morale as the players are excited to receive the latest adidas football boots, the Dust Storm Pack,” said Safirul Azli Abu Bakar, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NFDP.. 

He added, that the event provided good exposure for the boys as they were given the 
opportunity to meet 2016 Puskas Award winner, Faiz Subri. A meet-and-greet session was held between the NFDP players and the professional footballer as Faiz shared valuable experience and challenges in his career.

Faiz, Penang FA’s key player, agreed that it was a good form of communication with the NFDP players as they were able to interact with ease.

“The meet-and-greet session was a good idea as we were able to socialize and motivate the boys. From this, I believe they will be spurred on to perform and to do their best in France,” said Faiz.

29-year old Faiz commented on how committed the NFDP players were as they embark on competitions worldwide in order to improve and gain experience.


“It’s very encouraging to see all these youngsters with a passion for football and wanting to constantly improve themselves. Looking at them now, I can say that they will definitely have a bright future in football and one day represent our beloved nation,” added Faiz.

May 29, 2017

TMJ kurniakan bas kepada pasukan Harimau Malaya

Pengurniaan bas untuk kegunaan pasukan Harimau Malaya oleh DYAM Mejar Jeneral Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Presiden Persatuan Bolasepak Malaysia (FAM) adalah sesuatu yang sudah pastinya memberi keselesaan buat pasukan negara.

 Selain daripada satu kemudahan kepada pasukan, ianya adalah menarik kerana sudah tentu bas tersebut juga bakal memberi identiti tersendiri kepada pasukan kebangsaan kita.

 Pada masa akan datang, kita mungkin akan dapat melihat pelbagai lagi infrastruktur dan fasiliti yang disediakan oleh Tunku Presiden sebagaimana baginda lakukan kepada kelab bola sepak Johor Darul Takzim sebelum ini.

 Semoga langkah demi langkah yang diusahakan oleh Tunku Presiden akan memberikan semangat serta moral kepada barisan pemain negara sekaligus mengembalikan kegemilangan bola sepak negara.

Adidas Football Launches Nemeziz, a Boot for the Agile Creator

Nemeziz will be one of adidas’ key silos, alongside the Ace and X
Built for the most agile players in the game, Nemeziz will be the new boot of Leo Messi, Renato Sanches and Roberto Firmino
 Key design feature takes inspiration from the process of taping, for increased stability and agility

Nemeziz range available in stadium, cage and street versions

Kuala Lumpur, 29th May – To create the future means taking inspiration from the past. To design the ultimate tool for the agile football player, adidas tapped into a common ritual in ancient battle, in dance and in sport: the use of taping for increased physical and mental strength. The result is Nemeziz, the latest boot from adidas Football; designed for unprecedented agility for the game’s most fluid players.
 
Each element of Nemeziz has been designed to suit players whose agility helps them dominate. For these players to be at their best they need boots to deliver security, support and adaptability and Nemeziz is built with these requirements at the fore.

Several design features have been introduced to ensure peak performance in these areas. The unique AGILITYBANDAGE features revolutionary TORSIONTAPES technology to keep the foot locked down and deliver ultimate fit, whilst a dual-lock collar secures the ankle in place to enable explosive change of direction. 
 
The TORSIONFRAME outsole features an ultra-lightweight construction and TORSIONRIBS to provide dynamic push off support; a key feature for agile movement. The new AGILITYKNIT 2.0 interlocking yarn structure provides a soft direct touch and a lightweight adaptable feel.

To ensure players can experience the same level of agility in any setting, Nemeziz is also available in both Cage and Street versions. Bringing the same TORSIONTAPES and AGILITYKNIT 2.0 technology as the on-pitch boot, the most agile players will be given the same tools to support their agility in the cage and on the street.

Leo Messi – who wore Nemeziz for the first time on pitch in the Copa del Rey final on 27th May – said of the boots: “Disruption is a part of my game. A player must attempt to make moves that their opponent isn't expecting and needs to do so as quickly as possible. To be able to do that, you need complete confidence in your boots and the flexibility to move and adjust easily. The design of these boots is perfect for my game."

Sam Handy, Vice President of Design, adidas Football, said “Part of our design philosophy at adidas Football is to look back to help us look forward, something we’ve held true to with the design of Nemeziz. The idea of torsion and taping is not a new idea, it is present in some of our classic products and in other fields, such as Martial Arts. It has been around for generations. Our design for this product was taking that idea, of the relationship between torsion, support and agility, and using it to support the most disruptive players in the game. Our main goal is always to provide the athlete with the tools to maximise their own creativity, and with this product we feel we have provided the structure and support that can help players like Messi, Sanches and Firmino reach their true potential.”
 
The boot will launch with a bold black and white colourway – Dust Storm – available from 26th May on adidas.com and adidas retail stores.

For further information please visit adidas.com/football or follow @adidasfootball on instagram or twitter to join the conversation. 

May 18, 2017

Adidas Football Reveals FC Bayern Munich Home Kit for the 2017/18 Season

Kuala Lumpur (18 May, 2017) – Adidas Football today revealed the FC Bayern home kit for the 2017/18 season which draws inspiration from one of the most iconic shirts in the club’s history, a jersey worn in the successful period of the 70`s.

The 1970s jersey was worn by the likes of Beckenbauer, Hoeness and Müller during one of the most successful periods in the clubs history, laying the foundation for further success. The new kit pays homage to the past whilst being brought into the future thanks to technical, breathable fabrics and mesh engineering. The predominantly red jersey features thin, vertical white stripes alongside the classic adidas three stripes on the shoulder. FC Bayern’s motto “Mia San Mia” – roughly translating to “We know where we come from, who we are and what we aim for” – features on the reverse of the kit.


 To mark the launch, adidas has revealed a design film featuring Jürgen Rank, Senior Design Director, discussing how the club’s success in the 70’s inspired the design of the latest kit. It details the innovative materials used, the journey from ideation to creation and concludes by explaining how the latest kit is designed to inspire a new wave of players and fans, both on-pitch and on the streets.

The kit will be seen on pitch for the first time when FC Bayern Munich faces FC Freiburg on the 20th May. It’s available to purchase in the FC Bayern online store, in adidas global retail stores, the adidas online shop (www.adidas.com/football) as well as in all FCB-Fan-Shops from today.
 


For further information please visit adidas.com/football or follow @adidasfootball on instagram or twitter to join the conversation.

May 14, 2017

AHP-MSP, BJSS tentukan kejuaraan Piala TNB

Kuala Lumpur (14 Mei 2017): Selepas sekian lama mengimpikan untuk mara ke pentas final Piala TNB Liga Hoki Malaysia, akhirnya AHP-MSP-Thunderbolt berjaya memenuhi impian itu selepas menewaskan Anderson Thunderbolt pada aksi separuh akhir hari ini di Stadium Tun Razak.

Bagaimanapun AHP-MSP tidak berdepan laluan mudah sebaliknya hanya mencatat kemenangan mutlak menerusi penentuan penalti shoot out 4-2 selepas kedua-dua pasukan terikat 3-3 tamat masa sebenar.

Dengan kemenangan itu, AHP-MSP akan bertemu SSTMI Thunderbolt pada aksi final Ahad ini.

SSTMI mara ke perlawanan akhir selepas menundukkan BJSS Thunderbolt 3-0.

Ketua jurulatih AHP-MSP Mohd Sufian Muhammad nyata gembira dengan kejayaan anak buahnya selain memberi pujian kerana berjuang habis-habisan untuk mengesahkan tiket ke final.

"Sudah lama kami menantikan saat ini dan hari ini impian menjadi kenyataan.

"Saya harus beri pujian kepada semua barisan pemain kerana mereka bersungguh-sungguh untuk mencatatkan kemenangan.

"Ini kerana walaupun pada satu ketika sudah mendahului 3-1, tetapi akhirnya perlawanan terpaksa ditentukan menerusi pukulan penalti shoot out.

"Akhirnya kemenangan tetap berpihak kepada kami.

"Terima kasih kepada semua pihak terutama TNB yang banyak memberi sokongan kepada kami sehingga berjaya mara ke final," katanya.

AHP-MSP di depan seawal minit ke-5 menerusi jaringan padang Muhammad Noor Firdaus Rosdi sebelum Muhammad Idris Samad menjadikan kedudukan 2-0 hasil pukulan sudut penalti seminit kemudian.

Tersentak dengan dua gol awal itu, Anderson menggandakan asakan dan akhirnya Muhd Aliff Ikhemal Zamri berjaya menyamakan kedudukan menerusi gol padang minit ke-30.

Namun Muhammad Noor Firdaus Rosdi terus mengukuhkan kedudukan hasil pukulan sudut penalti minit ke-32.
Anderson nyata tidak mudah menyerah kalah apabila Muhammad Akram Hakkam Jammaluddin merapatkan jurang menerusi jaringan padang minit ke-38 sebelum dia sekali lagi meledak gol  penyamaan minit ke-51 untuk mengheret perlawanan ke penentuan penalti shoot out.


It’s a Pahang Hockey Academy and SSTMI Final

 Kuala Lumpur (14 May, 2017): Thunderbolt teams Pahang Hockey Academy and Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) qualified for Sunday’s 2017 TNB Junior Cup final at the Tun Razak Stadium.

Pahang Hockey Academy defeated Anderson Thunderbolt 4-2 on penalty shootouts after a 3-3 draw in regulation time while 2016 League champions SSTMI edged Bukit Jalil Sports School Thunderbolt, the 2016 overall champions, 3-0 in the semi-finals today.

The triumph over BJSS was sweet revenge for SSTMI who lost 6-5 on penalties to their arch rivals in a league match last month following a 2-2 draw. SSTMI goals today were scored by Muhammad Ariff Shafie (13th and 53rd minutes) and Shello Silverius (49th minute).

It is also the second time that a team from Pahang reached the final of the Malaysian Junior Hockey League after Telekom Pahang’s success in 2002.

Pahang Hockey Academy led 3-1 with a brace from Muhammad Noor Firdaus (5th and 32nd minutes) and Muhammad Idris Samad’s sixth minute penalty corner conversion before  defensive blunders allowed the well organised  and disciplined Anderson forwards to move in search of the equaliser in the third and fourth quarters.

Anderson, who showed newly crowned League champions Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ Tigers) the exit in last week’s quarterfinals, replied through Muhammad Aliff Ikhemal (30th) and Muhammad Akram Hakkam (38th and 51st minutes) to draw level at 3-3 to force the match into penalty shootouts.

Syamil Azim Dzulkafly, Muhammad Izham Azhar, Muhammad Hazzim Amin Hafidz and Muhammad Noor Firdaus were successful for Pahang Hockey Academy in the shootouts whilst Anderson scored through Muhammad Akram Hakkam and Muhammad Nur Syahmi.

It was the second time Pahang Hockey Academy defeated Anderson in the 2017 TNBMJHL this season after posting a 3-1 victory in the league.

“We have reached our target of qualifying for the final this year. This was stated in our blue print when the Academy was formed in 2013,” said coach Mohd Suffian Mohamad. “The last time we reached the final was in 2002 when I played for Telekom Pahang.”

“The boys played an attacking game in the first two quarters and we scored early. Our past record against Anderson has always been close and we are aware of their strength,” he added.

Anderson coach, Mohd Nizam Hashim, however, credited his players for giving a respectable performance against the Pahang boys despite going down in penalty shootouts.

“The boys took it easy in the first quarter and upped the ante in the last two quarters to draw 3-3. We also had two clear chances to win but when you don’t take your chances it is going to be a tough battle all way winning the match in 60 minutes,” said Nizam.

“Overall, I believe the players did their very best in this match. Penalty shootouts are anybody’s game and as far as I am concerned it is unfortunate we lost in the shootout.”

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Sports School Wipers and SSTMI also qualified for the women’s final. KL Wipers defeated MSSPP-PSHA-USM 3-1 whilst SSTMI clawed MSN Kedah 4-2 in the semi-finals played at the Kuala Lumpur HA Stadium.

KL Wipers trailed 1-0 by the eighth minute after Siti Nur Arfah had put MMSS-PSHA-USM into the lead. However, the city girls bounced back with goals in the third and fourth quarters through Siti Nur Amira (33rd), Qasidah Najwa (49th) and Siti Zulaika (58th) to qualify for the final.

As for Bandar Penawar-based SSTMI, they led 2-1 with a field goal from Nur Syaza Afiqah (4th minute) and Nur Arisha Asrul’s penalty corner conversion five minutes later before MSN Kedah equalised through Nur Amirah Shakirah’s double strikes in the 12th and 19th minutes via open play.


Nur Afiqah Syahzani increased the lead to 3-1 in the 37th minute and Nor Fatin Nabila sealed victory for SSTMI with a late penalty corner goal.

May 12, 2017

Anderson ends MBPJ run in quarterfinals

Kuala Lumpur (12 May, 2017): Anderson Thunderbolt crushed League champions Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya‘s (MBPJ Tigers) run in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League for the TNB Junior Cup following a 3-2 victory in the quarterfinals at the MBPJ Stadium today.

It was Anderson’s second appearance in the semi-finals of the TNB Junior Cup. They defeated UniKL Young Guns in the quarterfinals last year but lost 5-4 to overall champions Bukit Jalil Sports School Thunderbolt in the last four.

It was also a ‘winning day’ for three other TNB Thunderbolt teams in the quarterfinals. Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School defeated SMK Dato Bentara Luar Johor Juniors 5-0 in Batu Pahat, Pahang Hockey Academy edged SSTMI Juniors 3-1in Kuantan whilst BJSS pulverised Division Two champions Sabah Sports School Malaysia 6-2 at the Pandamaran Stadium in Klang.

In Sunday’s semi-finals at the Tun Razak Hockey Stadium, Anderson, who finished fifth in the league, go face to face against Pahang Hockey Academy whilst BJSS Thunderbolt plays 2016 league champions SSTMI Thunderbolt.

MBPP Tigers defeated Anderson 3-1 in the 2017 league but found the going tough this time around as the Ipoh-based school grabbed the lead in the 4th minute via a Muhammad Najme Ahmad Hayazi field goal. MBPJ, however, clawed back with two penalty corner goals through Muhammad Nur Asyraf Ishak in the 20th and 42nd minutes to go 2-1 ahead in the third quarter.

Defensive error in the 45th minute by MBPJ, whose players came under pressure to cross the quarterfinal hurdle after winning the league just a week ago, proved costly as Anderson bounced back to equalise through Muhammad Aiman Shahmi Marzuki from a penalty corner and with nine minutes before the end Muhammad Aliff Ikhemal Zamri netted the winning goal from open play.

“I praise the boys for playing to instruction and commitment. We played at a much higher level today. We knew MBPJ were strong in penalty corners and we curtailed their attacking structure,” said Anderson head coach M. Kaliswaran.

“We will face Pahang Hockey Academy in the semi-finals and it going to be another tough game for us. PHA has been playing well in the league. We lost 3-1 to them in the league and the players have a great chance to qualify for the final if they play the same kind of game as today,” he added.

A dejected MmPJ (MBPJ) Tigers head coach, Mohd Harfizi Baharom, said: “We played badly today. Nothing really went right against Anderson. I think the players were under tremendous pressure to maintain their winning run after lifting the league title last week. I am really disappointed.”

Over in Batu Pahat, Muhammad Akhimullah Anuar Esook scored a brace against Johor Juniors to SSTMI their second won over their arch rivals. STTMI Thunderbolt and Johor Juniors drew 1-1 but prevailed 4-2 in penalty shootouts.


BJSS coach Lokman Yahya, observed: “The team played more than 100 percent in the match. It is good that we beat them by scoring six goals and I am confident my players will play much better against SSTMI in the semi-finals.”