The Singapore Cerebral Palsy football team routed their Southeast Asian counterparts in their debut appearance in the tournament
This is the Singapore team’s first ever appearance in the games, and they couldn’t have asked for a better start to the tournament.
Muhammad Shafiq Ariff scored the first two goals through two corner kicks, while Muhammad Shahidil b Saidi scored a brace as well. Captain Khairul Anwar Kasmani scored Singapore’s fifth goal with a shot from outside the penalty box.
Singapore team coach Mohamed Zainudeen was extremely proud of his boys for coming away with a resounding victory in their debut match in the tournament.
“It was a great start to the games,” he told Goal Singapore.
“The boys were so hungry and played with so much enthusiasm and spirit. The lead up to the game day; players involvement and receptiveness to match instructions were commendable.”
The format of the Para Games football is seven-a-side match, with a limit on the number of players from each disabled classification in the pitch and a team can have players from various classifications.
In the other group match, Myanmar beat Malaysia 4-3. Singapore will play Malaysia next on Friday and according to coach “Zai”, the boys are already looking forward to face the Causeway rivals.