The Faisal Cup is back! Having emerged victorious from the previous tournament as champions, the girls will be looking to reclaim their netball crown this time round. The guys meanwhile will be looking to prove a point after their painful elimination in the football category last year.
But wait! A week before the tournament proper, we managed to catch up with the lads (and one girl!) for some practice hours. And so, on a bumpy field in the middle of suburban KL, we played the beautiful game!
Our foreigners get acquainted to the Malaysian heat. Mr. Fernando was red all over!
Bored with simply banging in countless goals, Philip proceeds to, as we call it, ‘do a Ronaldo’.
Not everyday you get to take pictures with these megastars!
And so our practice was done! Overall everyone had fun, and we managed to get a good workout at the same time!
Now, on to the games …
On a cool Saturday morning, we took the train to Kampung Batu, where the event was held. I was taken back to my youth Sunday league days as I took in the atmosphere of kids shouting and playing under the sun. Almost made me want to put on a shirt and start kicking around myself!
Real Madr— I mean, ACR School Boys’ football squad!
ACR’s official fan club!
Philip, as captain, was inspiring and hardworking. All out in attack, solid at the back!
The Everyone Has Hope support brigade!
Don’t let the pre-match etiquette fool you! These guys mean business!
ACR’s Captain Marvel taking a goal kick.
Eventually it had to come to penalties! And the result …?
Well, says it all really. Always a shame to lose on penalties, but what a great effort it was! Better luck next year boys!
Meanwhile, on the adjacent netball court …
The girls of ACR set the court on fire with their attacking play!
Aaaand another championship for the girls of ACR!
Overall a disappointing campaign for the boys, but triumph yet again for the girls in netball! However it was an inspiring performance everyone involved . We were thoroughly entertained, and everyone had a smashing time! Till the next post!