Prisons’ secretary Ramli Omar said it was unfortunate they had to share points with Malaysia Airlines.
“The players played extremely well and Mohd Shawalbudin was outstanding in attack. It was indeed a sad moment for him as he also scored for the opponents. But the one point is better that returning empty handed,’’ said Ramli.
Prisons, coached by former international Hamzah Hussin, are making their debut in the Football Association of Selangor league. They have also qualified for the semi-finals of the Selangor FA Cup. In the semi-final, to be played at the UPM Sports Complex in Seri Kembangan tomorrow, Prisons will meet Subang Jaya Municipal Council.
Ramli said they had set a high target for the team in the league.
“We want to win at least one title. And our aim is to qualify for the FAM Cup competition next season. We are also grateful to Football Association of Selangor for giving us the opportunity to field a team in the competitive Super Division. We want to justify our place in the competitive division.
“We have also recruited some established players to strengthen the team. The players are also determined to play well and qualify for the FAM Cup. We had played some friendly matches with seasoned teams like Malacca and Police as our pre-season training programme.
“The matches had provided our players useful exposure for the Football Association of Selangor league. We are looking ahead to the coming matches with optimism,’’ said Ramli.
Selangor Indian Association went down 3-1 to Airasia in another Group A match at the KBM ground in Dusun Tua.
UiTM continued their winning streak in the Premier division when they defeated Sharpees 5-0 in na Group A match in Rawang. LS-MAFT are making their presence felt in Division One. LS-MAFT upstaged seasoned Mutiara KD 2-0 in a Group A match. They have also qualified for the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
They will have to contend with defending champions Emkay-NPNG in a semi-final match this weekend. Emkay-NPNG coach Michael Palani said they were looking forward to an exciting match.
“LS-MAFT had beaten some seasoned teams enroute to the semi-finals. We cannot afford to take it easy. We have to be on our best to match them. Our players also realised the tough task ahead,’’ said Michael.
Football Association of Selangor competition committee deputy chairman Datuk S. Sivasundram said the league was going on according to schedule.
“There were some shortcomings due to the rainy spell but we are confident of completing the season before the fasting month. We have to thank the teams for their support and co-operation,’’ said Sivasundram.
Group A: Airasia bt Selangor Indian Association 3-1; Malaysia Airlines drew Prisons 1-1;
Group A: Cemerlang bt Khaff 2-1
Group B: Klang Gate by Kuala Langat Indian Football Association Young Stars 3-2; UiTM by Sharpees 5-0; Samudra bt Putra Subang 1-0
Group C: Tanjong bt Medan Harmoni 6-0; Victoria bt Frenz United 3-0;
Group D; Darul Affiah bt Kenari Subang 3-2; DB Mawar bt Puchong Rovers 4-0;
Group A: Setia Jaya –HKC bt Klang United 2-0; LS-MAFT bt Mutiara KD 2-0;
Group B: Kuis bt Waja 2-1; Padang Jawa bt Rose Optimus 3-0; Vulcans bt Klang District Football Association 3-0;
Group C: PNMB drew Sri Indah 1-1; Armada bt AAB 1-0; Sl-Zabag bt ATM-31 RAD 3-1;
Group D; Red Giants bt Sukaramai 2-0; Selayang drew Turi 1-1; Batu Caves drew Pendamai Putra 2-2
*Sumber Dari The Star