Sunday, May 4, 2008

Kuala Muda Naza dedicate league crown to family of late Nasimuddin

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Muda Naza clinched the Premier League title in style, beating arch rivals KL Plus FC 3-2 in their final match of the season at the KL Football Stadium in Cheras last night.
The club side from Kedah dominated play and scored through Rudie Ramli (30th), Faderin Kadir (66th) and Liew Kit Kong (73rd).

Key player: Man-of-the-match Faderin Kadir (right) of Kuala Muda Naza vying for the ball with KL Plus’ Mohd Khairrulanuar Jamil during their match last night. Kuala Muda won 3-2. –

Mohd Lot Abu Hassan (32nd) and Rusydee Shamsuddin (90th) replied for KL Plus.
Kuala Muda Naza and KL Plus will both play in the Super League next season by virtue of being the top two teams in the Premier League.
With yesterday’s win, Kuala Muda Naza topped the table with 61 points, four more than KL Plus.
Before kick-off, both teams observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for the late Tan Sri S.M. Nasimuddin S. M. Amin, founder and chairman of the Naza Group. He died on Thursday.
In fact, Kuala Muda Naza coach K. Devan dedicated the Premier League title to the family of the late Nasimuddin.
Devan also said that the victory was proof that Kuala Muda Naza were worthy to play in the top flight next season.
Kuala Muda Naza took to the field knowing that they only needed a draw to emerge champions.
But they were the ones who took the game by the scruff of the neck, pinning their opponents in their own half in the first 30 minutes.
But Kuala Muda Naza failed to capitalise on their domination, squandering at least three sitters.
Hitman Njoku Emeka outfoxed KL Plus goalkeeper Amini Ahmad Tabarani with a swift turn after latching onto a long through ball but, with a yawning goalmouth in front of him, the Nigerian ballooned his shot in the 10th minute.
Former international Rudie then blew two clear-cut chances. First, he shot straight at the goalkeeper from close range in the 22nd minute. Then, his stiff grounder hit the post in the 29th minute.
But a minute later Rudie made amends. Kit Kong’s header came off the woodwork and Rudie coolly tucked in the rebound.
However, Kuala Muda Naza’s joy only lasted two minutes. Brazilian Tercio Nunes Machado set up midfielder Mohd Lot, who let fly a screamer from the top of the box, giving Kuala Muda Naza goalkeeper Azizon Kadir no chance.
But Kuala Muda Naza hit back with two more goals. Man-of-the-match Faderin pounced on a loose ball to score in the 66th minute. Seven minutes later Kit Kong put the game beyond doubt off a goal-mouth melee.
Although KL Plus managed to get another goal in the dying minutes, it proved too little, too late.
Date: 04/05/2008, Source: The STAR


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