| Jagdesh Singh | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 24 Sept 2015 | Asia Samachar
By Jagdesh Singh (Sports Editor)
While most their age enjoyed their holiday this hazy morning, battles were fought in the futsal court of Kelab Aman right in the middle of lethargic Kuala Lumpur.
Six teams, decked in beautifully coloured uniforms, each as unique as the next, played their hearts out in the inaugural Akaal Premier League (APL). Football crazy almost exclusively young Punjabi boys and girls from around the Klang Valley sweating it out, with their managers and parents bellowing support and instructions, all in Chardee Kala camaraderie. It was a sight to behold for the regular sports observer like me.
There wasn’t any lack of courage as tackles were flying from each player with their tussles for domination. But the more outstanding highlight, which impressed upon me and I suspect was the main intent of the organisers, was the unity amongst teammates, and the unity amongst teams. There was competition but there was brotherhood. Something adults like me can learn from.
APL RESULTS: MATCH DAY 1
Iron River Kings 0 – 10 Pulapol Eagles
Kampung Pandan Lions 1 – 1 Beruntung Hill Twin Lions
Rawang Akaal Warriors 3 – 1 Titiwangsa Panthers
Beruntung Hill Twin Lions 1 – 0 Iron River Kings
Pulapol Eagles 0 – 2 Rawang Akaal Warriors
Titiwangsa Panthers 0 – 1 Kampung Pandan Lions
TOP SCORERS (After Match Day 1):
5 goals: Rishipal Singh (Pulapol Eagles)
3 goals: Kabir Singh (Pulapol Eagles), Manvinderjit Singh (Rawang Akaal Warriors)
2 goals: Jagveer Singh (Rawang Akaal Warriors), Sarabjeet Singh (Kg Pandan Lions), Aqaalpreet Singh (Beruntung Hill Twin Lions), Akesh (Pulapol Eagles)
1 goal: Ishwardev Singh (Titiwangsa Panthers)
Kudos to the organisers – Akaal Sports Academy – passionate about the football but more passionate about forging experiences for these young players and creating a platform for them to express themselves while building a community.
Nothing was spared from the full fledged medical bay that attended to the expected injury niggles to the media coverage and constant commentary.
Stars will be born, that I’m sure. But a thriving league with endless possibilities to grow, that I’m slightly sceptical because sustaining something so robust with so many strong personalities and characters involved can indeed be challenging. Where first impressions are concerned, the promises are shining like a khanda shaped beacon.
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Jagdesh Singh is the sports editor at Asia Samachar. He writes mostly about Liverpool Football Club on the England based online magazine The AnfieldIndex, printed fanzine We Are Liverpool and occasionally hosts his own regular podcasts for AnfieldIndex.
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