Matlan-led PSV emerge champs
Published on: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
By: GL Oh
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KOTA KINABALU: Team PSV laboured to a hard fought 1-0 win over Tuaui SV the final of the Sabah Unity League Superveteran tournament at Penampang Stadium, Sunday afternoon.

The champions led by Matlan Marjan found it hard to penetrate their underdog opponents despite the presence of several other ex-State players such as Gerald Mojiliu, Ravichandran, Junaidi Tuah, Charles Tindi and others in the line-up.

There were no goals in the first half which was dominated by Tuaui, and the deadlock was finally broken in the 75th minute with a move started by Matlan, who crossed the ball to Eddie Lahan, who then dribbled into the byline before laying the ball for Jumaat Said to tap home from close range.

Datuk James Wong was among the packed crowd in the stadium to watch the game, and organising chairman Edwin Jomiji was pleased with the turnout and praised both teams for an entertaining game.

“It was a good and explosive game by both teams and each had chances to snatch the win, and I think the crowd enjoyed it.

“No doubt PSV were a more matured team with very experienced players considering almost all of their players are ex-state footballers, but still, Tuaui managed to dominate the game, but unfortunately luck was not on their side,” he said after the prize presentation.

He also hoped the stadium will have floodlights installed in the near future to cater for the demand by the football loving public in the district.

“This tournament was first started in 2009, initially only for the veterans but it progressed into more categories due to the popularity of the sport.

“We received very encouraging participation each year from teams all over Sabah, but unfortunately, we only have limited good playing field in Penampang, thus delaying the tournament, and moreover, the lack of floodlights in the stadium also resulted in very limited games being held there. 

“Unlike other districts, Penampang Stadium have always been heavily used, so we urge the relevant authority to prioritise the installation of floodlights so we can have more games and reduce the  congestion.”

He also thanked all the teams, Sabah Football Association, the referee association and the organising committee for their support to ensure the success of the tournament.

Meanwhile, the next edition is set to begin next month. 


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