PUBLIC Service Commission (SPA) earned Premier League promotion next season after emerging the FAM League champions last weekend with one match to spare.
KUALA LUMPUR: SPA have been dominant in the league, having led the standings since the opening day of the nine-team competition.
They secured the trophy and their 12th win of the season by overcoming Land Forces 2-0 at the Petronas Mini Stadium last weekend to earn 38 points, seven ahead of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Pahang's Shahzan Muda.
SPA played an aggressive game and took only four minutes to score their opening goal through Mohd Shafiq Mohd Zahari.
Muhammad Rery Martinez Mohd Ali added their second from a quick counter-attack in the 70th minute to send their 400-odd fans into a frenzy.
The match was watched by SPA president Datuk Lamien Sawiyo and deputy president Datuk Ramli Juhari.
Coach Mohd Nidzam Jamil was delighted to lead SPA to their first ever national-level title.
"I must congratulate my players for sacrificing their time to train hard for this tournament. It means a lot to my players," said Nidzam.
"Almost 90 per cent of them have been with me since I started coaching SPA in 2010. They showed tremendous commitment and some even sacrificed family time just to work with me.
"We will enjoy this victory but of course, we must also start thinking about the Premier League next season."
SPA will be presented with the league trophy after their match against UiTM on Sunday in Shah Alam.
"UiTM are desperate for goals and points as they need to beat us to have any chance of finishing second ahead of Shahzan Muda and also qualify for the Premier League play-off.
"As champions, we will treat this match seriously as we want to bid farewell to this competition with a win.
"We must think and play like worthy league champions on Sunday before receiving our trophy," Nidzam added.
Lamien, meanwhile, congratulated the players, coaching staff and those concerned for the league victory.
"We have finally qualified for the Premier League. Everyone worked very hard for this title," said Lamien in a statement.
Malacca ended their season with a 2-0 win over Melodi Jaya at the Hang Tuah Stadium last weekend.
Mohd Ali Zulfakar Mohd Ali Napiah scored a brace in the 45th and 77th minutes.
The victory, however, does not change Malacca's fortunes as the state side will remain in the FAM League next season.
Malacca finished their season seventh in the standings with five wins and a draw from 16 matches.