KUPU SB champions of 7-a-side football championship

Fadhil Yunus

Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) emerged winners of the eight edition of the 7-a-side Football Championship held in conjunction with 29th Teacher’s Day celebration organised by the Co-curriculum Education Department.

The victorious KUPU SB side won through penalties after the match was locked at 1-1 in the final at the Dato Mahawangsa Lambak Primary School Field in Berakas yesterday.

Department of Administration and Services (DA) emerged as runners-up after coming out on the losing end of the penalty shootout while Cluster 4 settled for third place after winning their playoff 2-1 against Cluster 5A, who finished fourth.

Department of Administration and Services’s Mohammad Sofiyuddin bin Haji Buntan’s joy turned to despair after his penalty was saved by the KUPU SB goalkeeper. The player had sent his team into the lead with the opening goal after a blistering start in the first half.

It could have gotten better but his team struck the crossbar. A stunning pass that landed at the feet of a DA player represents every striker’s dream but the quality of the delivery was not matched with a finish the move deserved.

KUPU SB gradually got into the game as they fashioned better chances in the second half while DA remained equally threatening with the former’s goalkeeper needing to tip the ball to safety on numerous occasions.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education Aliuddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman with the champions. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

KUPU SB’s bench saw a prominent figure in former DPMM FC star Md Aminuddin Zakwan Tahir and he made an instant impact after sliding home the equaliser following good work from a teammate.

Still, DA could have clinched it in normal time after a header at the back post missed the target by inches before another late header sailed wide right at the death.

There was a change in fortunes in both players as Mohammad Sofiyuddin – whose early goal seemed to be a distant memory – had his penalty saved by KUPU SB goalkeeper Haji Isma, who in turn was hailed as a hero.

Mohd Shah Khairul bin Narudin from the Department of Schools scooped the top scorer award with eight goals, while DA’s Mohd Sufri bin Mohd Husin was named the best player.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education Aliuddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman presented the prizes.

The tournament was open to officers, teachers and staff of the Ministry of Education and invited teams from the Islamic Studies Department and KUPU SB. A total of 24 teams took part in the tournament.

The competition aimed to enliven the 29th Teacher’s Day celebration 2019 and to encourage communities in the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs to carry out physical activities.