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YOUNG Tigers C are aiming to make their presence felt in their debut season in the FAM League.

The team, comprising members of the national Under-19 side, recorded a stunning 2-0 win over Malacca in their opening match at Hang Tuah Stadium last weekend.

Midfielder Mohd Amirul Hisyam Awang Kechik opened accounts off a corner kick set-piece in the first half before Mohd Syafiq Khor Mohd Kamal Khor netted from a free kick for the impressive win.

The team were hardly prepared for the match as they had just returned from Hong Kong after an invitational tournament.

Despite the win, Tigers C coach Aminuddin Hussin was unhappy with his side's performance.

"We did not play to our true ability but nonetheless, I am happy with the result. We hardly had time to prepare for the match as we were in Hong Kong for a tournament. I believe we will get better and the win is a good start," said Aminuddin recently.

Previously a Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) head coach, Aminuddin was given the responsibility of handling Tigers C following his success in leading the sports school to several titles.

Tigers C, formed on Dec 15 and funded by the FA of Malaysia (FAM), comprises the top players from last year's Education Ministry League.

"Except for Mohd Raphi Azizan Mariappen, who played a few matches for Tigers A in last season's S-League and for the national Under-21 side in the Newspaper Cup, the others are inexperienced.

"However, our 27-member squad should get better as the league progresses. We were initially formed to play in the Premier League, replacing Tigers B (who now play in the S-League).

"FAM then placed us in the FAM League following a decision to include Betaria into the second tier competition," said Aminuddin.

The team made an impressive debut to their international campaign by finishing second in the Hong Kong invitational.

"We drew 1-1 with the hosts, followed by a 2-0 win over Singapore and a goalless draw with Indonesia. We finished joint first with Indonesia but our rivals took the title on goal difference.

"My players did well considering it was their first international outing. My task here is to prepare the squad for the AFC Under-19 Qualifiers in October. The top two teams will qualify for the tournament proper next year," said Aminuddin.

On their target in the FAM League, the coach said his side are aiming for a top-two finish and promotion to the Premier League next season.

"I believe it is achievable but of course Penang and the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) are the strongest sides but we will never know for sure until we face them.

"Penang have invested a lot this season while PBAPP have seasoned players from the now-defunct USM FC side," he added.

Tigers C will face Kuantan at Darulmakmur Stadium tomorrow.

The 14th PSC-Carlsberg International Soccer 7's sponsorship presentation (from left) Carlsberg Malaysia channel sales manager Nash Foo Chuan Wei, organising chairman Micheal Lim Beng Sun, Carlsberg Malaysia customer development manager Ng Keng Heap, Penang Sports Club president Dr. S. Shankar and medical director Dr Kalaikumar Nachi at the Penang Sports Club in George Town recently. Pic by Zuhainy Zulkifli


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