Ipoh Friday’s crowned 2014/15 Piala 1Malaysia winners

The latest edition of the Piala 1Malaysia organised by Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia concluded with Kelab Bolasepak Ipoh Friday’s beating SPT Indians Football Association 2-0 in the final at the MINDEF Football Stadium.

With that victory, the Northern Zone representative bagged themselves the coveted Piala 1Malaysia trophy, RM15,000 in cash and the chance to participate in the Piala 1Malaysia-Real Madrid Foundation Campus Experience.

The Campus Experience is a five-day camp run by the Real Madrid Foundation that combines football and education.

In addition to football training, the young footballers will learn about the values that Real Madrid brings to society – team work, leadership, respect for others, autonomy and hard work.

“We are were very excited to be working with Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia as both organisations share common goals for youth development,” read an official statement from the Foundation.

They were also confident of being able to help bring about a positive change in the mind-set of the Campus Experience participants in Malaysia.

Runners-up SPT Indians will also be joining Ipoh Friday’s at the specially designed football camp after winning the Fair Play Award, , which was awarded to the team with the best sportsmanship throughout the Grand Finals, on top of taking home RM7500 in cash and the runners-up  trophy.

 “It was a good match,” said Ung Su Ling, Chief Executive Officer of Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia.

“Congratulations and well done to both Ipoh Friday’s and SPT Indians for playing well.

“I hope everyone will remember and apply the lessons they have learnt throughout the tournament and remember that it isn’t always about the trophy.”

The third and fourth places of the tournament went to SAFA Keningau and CIMB-YFA respectively. The tournament kicked off in December 2014 and held qualifiers around Malaysia.

The Piala 1Malaysia is an Under-19 football tournament organised by Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia in partnership with Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The Real Madrid Foundation also contributes to the tournament through their knowledge and experience via clinics and the Campus Experience.