With their main target of the Borneo Cup 2017 just over a month away, the FC Kuala Lumpur Under-12s are in full training. With two intensive weekly sessions at The New Camp, Bandar Utama, the team – made up of top Under-12s from our KLFA and BU academies – has high hopes for the international tournament.
The recent Royal Selangor Club International Soccer 7s, therefore, provided a good test for both players and coaches.
Held on the weekend of 5th and 6th August at the Royal Selangor Club Bukit Kiara, the International Soccer 7s attracted U12 teams from around the region and FC Kuala Lumpur found themselves grouped with some strong sides on the opening day.
It was a great first day for our #fckualalumpur U12s at the RSC International 7s. 2 wins and 2 draws in a very tough group have put them through to tomorrow’s Cup competition. All the best to Coach Azizi and the team! . . #littleleague #littleleaguesoccermalaysia #littleleaguesoccermy #littleleaguesoccer #fckl #roadtoborneocup #soccer #rscinternational7s #tournament #youthfootball
That wasn’t going to stop them though, and Coach Azizi was pleased with the team’s performances as they took their opening games 1–0 and 3–0 versus Titans and Glenmarie. Two tougher fixtures came next but FCKL were satisfied to pick up draws against YFA and JSSL from Singapore to see them qualify for the Cup competition as top of Group D.
Onto the Cup
The quality was always going to step up on day 2, and FCKL were drawn in another tough group. Between them and a spot in the semi-finals were RH Klang, FC 1 Goal (who will also be making their debut in the AirAsia KL Junior League this season) and GDT Singapore Girls.
Showing that the training is working though, the boys deservedly earned a spot in the semi-finals where they came up against Titans. Unfortunately the finals were a step too far this time as Titans came out on top with a 1–0 victory. FCKL would have to settle for the 3rd/4th place playoff where they took on HMFC from Johor.
Having faced the side in the end-of-year Johor tour in 2016, Coach Azizi and the team knew what to expect from HMFC and duly took the win to claim an excellent third place.
Congratulations to everyone involved, we look forward to seeing how the team gets on at the Borneo Cup 2017!