| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 21 November 2016 | Asia Samachar |
All good things must come to an end.
Yesterday, 20 Nov 20th 2016, was the penultimate final day of the Akaal Premier League (APL). Just like the maiden season last year, the final day was a tightrope race with lots of twists and turns.
The tournament, played in a home-away league format comprising nine teams made up of Punjabi boys and girls from all around the Klang Valley, Rawang and Seremban, was organised by the Akaal Sports Academy (ASA).
ASA is a sports non-government organisation headquartered at the Wadda Gurdwara Sahib Kampung Pandan in Kuala Lumpur. All games were played at the Akaal Arena. It is supported by Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM).
The Naam Medic are the official medical staff at grounds and Asia Samachar is the media partner.
As like last season, the teams’ names and characters were as bright and colorful as their uniforms.
This season round, Klang Valley was proudly represented by 6 teams – Pulapol Eagles, Iron River Kings, Kampung Pandan Lions and Titiwangsa Panthers were joined by newbies Klang Rangers and Selayang Sardars.
Resident giants Rawang Akaal Warriors and Beruntung Hill Twin Lions were joined by the fierce newbie Seremban Lions from the neighbouring state. The newbies hit the ground running.
The final day of this season saw the Eagles brought to the ground by the Klang Rangers, shattering their unbeaten record for the whole season with their first defeat. But this wasn’t enough to bring down the Eagles’ grip of the league. The Klang Rangers had to settle for second place but they were more than happy to inflict wounds on the Eagles.
The Titiwangsa Panthers were the biggest winners yesterday, registering a 2 nil win over the Beruntung Twin Lions, as they fought hard to lift themselves from the bottom of the table, eventually finishing 8th in the table.
And so, the Pulapol Eagles lifted the trophy for the 2nd time in 2 seasons, with a whopping number of 41 points accumulated, with the Rangers very close by at second.
Pulapol is short for Pusat Latihan Polis, the national training centre for the Malaysian police in Kuala Lumpur. It is home to he Gurdwara Sahib Pulapol .
Last season saw the Rawang Akaal Warriors losing out to the Eagles through goal difference at the final day. This season they fall short, only securing 4th place. Considering that this was the first season for the Rangers competing in the league, almost piping the Eagles at the top was a major achievement.
It’ll only get tougher for each team the next season as the coaches have all now improved tremendously, and each team bolstering their ranks further next season.
As expected Akeysh Singh from the Eagles deservedly won the Golden Boot award this season with a gigantic tally of 37 goals, and Balraj Singh of Titiwangsa Panthers was voted the Golden Glove winner. Both were outstanding throughout the tournament.
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