Malaya FC U16 clinch 2nd place in 2019 Borneo Cup
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 02, 2019 10:31 AM
Malaya Football Club U16 settled for runner-up honors in the 2019 Borneo Football Cup after bowing to Malaysian team Pasir Gudang in the intense finals played in rainy and muddy conditions at the Stadium Likas.
KOTA Kinabalu, Malaysia – Malaya Football Club U16 mustered a second place finish in the 2019 Borneo Football Cup (Borneo Cup), duplicating the same feat they achieved in the previous edition of the highly competitive regional tournament.
Composed of players born 2003 or after, the U16 squad, who are coached by former Azkals player William Gueridonn, arrived in this year’s tournament eager to finally capture the crown that eluded them last year, when they played as U15. But the Malaya boys were denied 0 – 2 by Malaysian team Pasir Gudang in the intense finals played in rainy and muddy conditions at the Stadium Likas.
Borneo Cup is a tier 3 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) -sanctioned tournament that attracts some of the best youth football teams from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Hongkong, Australia, and the Philippines.
“These boys are already champions of Youth Football League (YFL) in the Philippines. But we want to make sure we are keeping pace with the level of football in the region as well. This is why year after year, Malaya keeps returning to the Borneo Cup,” said Atty. Frank Martin Abalos, the club’s president.
The U16 boys were off to a rocky start when they dropped their first match 0 - 1 to DPM Sports School of Malaysia in the group stages. But they regrouped quickly to win their next three matches: 4 – 0 against compatriots Ilonggo Young Booters Club, 9 – 1 against Malaysia’s SAFA Penampang, and 3 – 0 against TABS also of Malaysia; setting up a semi-final clash with British International School Phuket (BISP) of Thailand. The battle with the Thai squad was close and intense, but the boys from the Philippines prevailed, 1 – 0.
The U16 squad was the first of five Malaya FC teams to compete in the 2019 Borneo Cup, which will be played in stages over the next two weeks. Also fielded in the tournament are Malaya FC’s U15 (born 2004), U13 (born 2006), U12 (born 2007), and U11 (born 2008), making them the biggest Philippine contingent in the competition.
“We are very happy with what the boys have accomplished here. This is a testament to what we do in Malaya. We give our players the opportunity to learn the beautiful game of football and play in tournaments like Borneo Cup; not only to test their football skills but aid in their holistic development as well,” said Atty. Abalos.
Malaya Football is a non-profit organization dedicated to using the sport of football for community development. The club gives children from underprivileged communities the chance to learn and play football through free training and participation in highly competitive leagues such as the YFL, as well as local and international tournaments.
A member of the Cavite Football Association (CAFA), Malaya is supported by various individuals, organizations, and corporate sponsors such as Cherrylume, Frontrow, Genesis Transport Service, Telus Philippines, Manila Standard, Allianz-PNB Life, Smart Communications, Barcino, Mister Donut, Bootcamp Football Shop, Pagcor, and Smart Communications.