Valu­able learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for young Sabah, Labuan foot­ballers

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

KOTA KINABALU: Young and bud­ding tal­ents from the Sabah/ Labuan Zone foot­ball acad­e­mies gained a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence at the Na­tional Zone League for Foot­ball Acad­e­mies in Tan­jung Malim, Perak last week.

The car­ni­val-style event was held at Univer­siti Pen­didikan Sul­tan Idris (UPSI) from Novem­ber 9 to 13 and it gave the academy play­ers un­der the Na­tional Foot­ball De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme a plat­form to com­pete and gain ex­po­sure.

For the young­sters of the Sabah/ Labuan Zone, com­pet­ing in all cat­e­gories (Un­der-12, Un­der-11 and Un­der-10) was cru­cial to help them de­velop as aspir­ing young foot­ballers.

A to­tal of 41 academy play­ers rep­re­sented the Sabah/Labuan Zone and they are from Keningau (13), Kin­abatan­gan (9), Kota Kinabalu (8), Tawau (5) and Labuan (5).

Sabah/Labuan Zone made it to the third and fourth place play-off in the Un­der-11 cat­e­gory. They lost 5-4 on penal­ties to South Zone af­ter both sides were tied at 1-1 in full reg­u­la­tion time.

They gave their best ef­forts in the group stage but suc­cumbed 40 to Cen­tral Zone, be­fore bounc­ing back with a 3-1 win over East Zone.

In the Un­der-12 and Un­der-10, Sabah/Labuan Zone played in the fifth and sixth place clas­si­fi­ca­tion match against Sarawak.

The Un­der-12 team won 3-0, while the Un­der-10 team lost 3-2 on penal­ties. (2-2 in reg­u­la­tion time).

In the group stage, the Un­der-12 side lost 2-1 to Cen­tral Zone and 1- 0 to East Zone, while the Un­der-10 squad suf­fered heavy de­feats to Cen­tral Zone (6-1) and East Zone (8-1).

NFDP Sabah head coach Omar Maya Amat said the ex­pe­ri­ence gained would have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the Sabah/Labuan play­ers.

“The car­ni­val was not just about re­sults…the main ob­jec­tive was to help en­hance the de­vel­op­ment of play­ers at the grass­roots level.

“Ev­ery­thing our play­ers en­dured, in­clud­ing los­ing, added to their over­all ex­pe­ri­ence at the car­ni­val. They were ex­posed to a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment and they gained a lot of valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence,” Omar said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

He said it was not just the play­ers who gained from the ex­pe­ri­ence but also the coaches, and he hoped that all the ex­pe­ri­ence gained would help to en­hance the de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball in Sabah and Labuan.

Omar, who led the Sabah/Labuan Zone con­tin­gent, was ac­com­pa­nied by NFDP Sabah co­or­di­na­tors Hashim Hamzah (Zone 1) and Onus Amat (Zone 2).

Norsi Sab­tari was head coach of the Un­der-12 squad, as­sisted by Andy Nasar and Azmi Is­mail.

The Un­der-11 team was led by head coach Zuzaidy Sala­mat, as­sisted by Robin Carol Peter, while Rafiza Hafiz led the Un­der-10 side, as­sisted by Harun Ka­mal Mur­sidi and Ibrahim Shah Alicha.

The Sabah/Labuan Zone Un­der-11 squad.

The Sabah/Labuan Zone Un­der-12 squad.

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