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The two finalists, KSL FC and Versus 5 battled it out at Sports Planet Ampang.

High Point at KIA's Champs to Rio with KSL FC announced winners

The two finalists, KSL FC and Versus 5 battled it out at Sports Planet Ampang.

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KSL FC defeated Versus 5 FC to represent Malaysia at a global futsal tournament in Brazil

Champs to Rio, a futsal tournament by Naza Kia Malaysia ended at a highpoint today with the announcement of the winning team after two gruelling days of round-robin challenges amongst 40 teams. The winners, KSL FC, comprising of six players will represent Malaysia at the Kia Champ Into The Arena tournament in Salvador, Brazil on 4-7 July. In addition to the all-expenses paid trip to Brazil, the whole team will get RM10,000 in cash, a champion cup, champion medals, exclusive jerseys and tickets to the Quarter Finals of World Cup 2014.

Champs to Rio is a local initiative by Naza Kia Malaysia for Malaysians to experience and be a part of the excitement and energy of World Cup 2014, one of the biggest sports events of the year. Naza Kia Malaysia gave away RM20,000 in cash in addition to the six flight tickets to Brazil to the winners today. The Champions also received exclusive jerseys, which they will wear in the global futsal matches in Brazil. First Runner up, Versus 5 FC walked home with RM5,000 in total cash and silver medals, second runner up 1 Malaysia United won RM3,000 and bronze medals whilst third runner up TOT United A won RM 2,000 and bronze medals. Registered teams came from all over the country.

Only two countries in the Southeast Asia, Malaysia and Philippines will be sending a futsal team to Brazil for this initiative. Datuk Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar, Chief Operating Officer of Naza Kia Malaysia said the company sees the global partnership with FIFA World Cup as a great opportunity to deliver the excitement of the brand to football-mad fellow Malaysians.

“Futsal and football are games that unite Malaysians and share a common thread of passion, skills and determination. With Champs to Rio, you get the best of both worlds, where the game of futsal acts as a foretaste to the prize of being part of FIFA World Cup in Brazil. We are pleased to be able to fly the Malaysian flag in Brazil at the global futsal tournament through our champs today. I’m sure you’ll do us proud,” said Datuk Hafiz.

                                           KSL FC players celebrated their victory jubilantly.

Champs to Rio was open to 40 teams via online registration starting early April 2014. Registered teams started the matches on Saturday, 3 May 2014 at Sports Planet in Ampang. The format of the tournament was LEAGUE-based where 10 teams were put into one group. The top two of each group qualified to Quarter Finals played at the FIFA pitch. The duration of every match in group stages lasted 20 minutes with 10 minutes for each half. The Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Finals, each match lasting 30 minutes were held on 4 May 2014 at the same venue, with 15 minutes for each half.

Champs to Rio under Naza Kia Malaysia’s “World Cup Rocks with Kia” campaign which gives ten lucky Malaysians the opportunities to win all-expenses-paid trips to Brazil to watch the FIFA World Cup. Other initiatives under this campaign include Fuleco Friend Search (2 tickets won) and 2014 World Cup Road Show (2 tickets up for grabs) and Cheer to Kit, a roving viewing party.

Living up to Kia’s tagline “The Power to Surprise”, Naza Kia Malaysia has created extraordinary opportunities at the World Cup in Brazil through Kia Motor’s global partnership as the official partner of 2014 FIFA World Cup. Those interested in getting more information on this and other exciting FIFA World Cup initiatives by Naza Kia Malaysia can log on to www.kia.com or www.facebook.com/kiamalaysia.

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