BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Malaysia's National Football Development Programme (NFDP) has made waves again, this time when their teams qualified for the cup final matches across all three age categories of the 2017 Supermokh Cup, on Saturday.
The NFDP-organised tournament had commenced earlier with the group stage on Wednesday in the Klang Valley area, with the participation of 24 teams across under-12, under-13 and under-14 categories. NFDP participated by sending two teams in each age category; the AMD Malaysia Cougars and AMD Malaysia Panthers.
The group stage had been held on a round-robin format, with eight teams in each age category divided into two groups. The top two finishers in each group would qualify for the cup semis, while the bottom two would go on to play in the plate semi-final matches.
At the conclusion of the group stage with matchday three, all three Cougars teams qualified for their respective age-category cup semis, while the three Panthers sides only managed to reach the plate semi-final stage.
Under 12 AMD Malaysia Cougars booked their spot in the cup final match when they defeated Kashima Antlers 2-1 at Pitch E of the National Sports Council in Bukit Jalil.
The U13 Cougars meanwhile defeated Paris Saint-Germain 4-2 on penalties, after the match ended 1-1 at fulltime at the Maybank Academy in Bangi.
Their U14 team too emulated their juniors by beating Paris Saint-Germain in their semi-final encounter, with a 1-0 scoreline. The match was held at Pitch E of the National Sports Council.
All six cup and plate final matches will be held on Sunday.
Although NFDP Panthers sides did not make the cup semi-final stage, all three made the plate finals. The U12 Panthers defeated Hajduk Split 4-1 on penalties to meet Football Federation of South Australia (FFSA) in the final, U13 Panthers beat FFSA 8-3 to play Urawa Red Diamonds, while their U14 team edged Gyeongnam FC 2-1 to face Qatar's Aspire Academy.
The kick-off times and match venues for the final matches are expected to be released later today on NFDP's social media account.