Blind football in Malaysia
Date: April 10, 2015
Malaysia is one of the up and coming Asian countries in the world of blind football. The national team is training hard in preparation for the IBSA Asian Blind Football Championships later this year and the Asean Para Games in Singapore in December.
With thanks to national coach Sunny Shalesh, here is a report on recent events for blind and partially sighted footballers in Malaysia.
Malaysian Blind Football National Circuit (B1)
Gurney Training Centre came out top at this recent national tournament for B1 teams, ahead of the Pulau Pinang Panthers in second, Johor Harimau in third spot, and Johor Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar in fourth position.
A total of eight teams from all parts of the country took part in the MSN/MBSA Blind Football National Circuit, which was held on the Cruyff Court in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, on March 28th.
Caption: Gurney Training Centre players and staff celebrate with their medals and trophies.
Organised by Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN)-Bahagian Paralimpik and the Malaysian Blind Sports Association (MBSA), the goal of the event was to identify new talents in blind football. The selected players will be members of the national team and participate in various international tournaments, including the 2015 Singapore Asean Para Games and the 2015 IBSA Asian Blind Football Championships.
The National Circuit was sponsored by private healthcare company Columbia Asia, which has championed blind football as part of its CSR. Since 2013 Columbia Asia has sponsored all national circuits for blind football nationwide. With this strong support, MBSA have succeeded in grooming 80 more blind footballers to excel in this sport. In addition, Columbia Asia is also sponsoring the national team’s training in order to prepare them for the international events later this year.
Columbia Asia sponsored attire and team kit for all the athletes. Columbia Asia Regional Marketing Manager, Ms. Nathalie Seroux, leads the CSR and has been working with MBSA to create opportunities for the blind community via football.
Also present at the event were Mohd Safrushahar Yusoff (Director Paralympic Division, National Sports Council) and Dr S. Radhakrishnan (President of the Malaysian Blind Sports Association and IBSA Asia Chairperson). Paramedics from the Columbia Asia Hospital in Cheras were on standby.
Click here to visit a photo gallery featuring images from the tournament.
MBSA B2/B3 Football Championship 2015
The national B2/B3 championships also took place on the Cruyff Court. Hosted by the Malaysian Blind Sports Association, seven teams participated in the tournament on March 1st. Official partners and sponsors were CIMB/Pan-Disability Football Club, which provided the venue and 5 technical officials, Door2Door Doctors, which offered a team of paramedics, and Sime College, which sent along five volunteers to ensure the tournament was run smoothly.
With the aim of identifying talent and setting up a national partially sighted (B2/B3) team to compete internationally, the round-robin tournament was won by Boss FC.
1st – Boss FC
2nd – Unfriend FC
3rd – Brothers FC
4th – Mori FC
5th – Baling Kupang FC
6th – Sek Men Pendidikan Khas Setapak KL
7th – Gurney Training Centre KL
Prizes were also awarded to the top scorer and best goalkeeper.
For more information on blind football in Malaysia contact the Malaysian Blind Sports Association (MBSA) at [email protected].
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