Our boys brought back lifetime memories of playing football in the Gothia Cup Sweden
2018 September 11, 10:00 CET
SMK Dato’ Abdul Samad boys Under 14 team were sponsored by SKF in Malaysia to play in the Gothia Cup, world’s largest youth football tournament held in Gothenburg, Sweden from 15th – 21st July 2018.
SKF in Malaysia has been sponsoring the winning school of SKF ‘Meet the World’ tournament held in Negeri Sembilan to play in the Gothia Cup since 2007.
Meet the World is SKF’s largest CSR ( Corporate Social Responsibility) project whereby local SKF companies host football tournaments. It is also the qualifying tournament for the Gothia Cup. So far, SKF has given the opportunity to 3700 children in 42 countries to travel to Sweden to be part of the annual celebration of youth and soccer.
SKF is the main partner and sponsor of the Gothia Cup. This one-week tournament takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden in July every year. The tournament has been going on for some 30 years and every year it attracts around 1700 teams from 80 nations around the world.
This year, SMK Dato’ Abdul Samad team represented the nation playing amongst 195 team across 35 nations in the Boys Under 14 category.
SMK Dato’ Abdul Samad showed true sportsmanship spirit throughout the 5 matches that they played and scored a total of 9 goals!
Nothing can stop them from winning as they played against the Swedish, British and the Mexicans. They however lost to the Bulgarians in the 2nd knockout stage (1/32 final) with the score of 0-3. The same team, SKF Bulgaria played in the finals with Lizzy Football Club from Ghana and Lizzy FC emerged as the Champion for Boys Under 14 in the Gothia Cup this year.
SMK Dato’ Abdul Samad coach, Abdul Hamid bin Mukdan said ‘We came here determined to give our very best. This is the first time our school won the SKF ‘Meet the World’ and therefore, as champions we were given the opportunity to play football in an international arena representing SKF and Malaysia. We feel extremely proud that our boys made it this far this year!”
Managing Director of SKF Bearing Industries Malaysia Sdn Bhd , Mr. Kee Kam Dick said “ The SKF ‘Meet the World’ tournament is about supporting young people in the community where our company is located. Through this tournament that was held in Negeri Sembilan from 14th – 15th March 2018, SMK Dato’ Abdul Samad was given the chance to travel to Gothenburg and to be part of the world’s largest youth football tournament. The aim of Gothia Cup is to create a meeting place for young people regardless of gender, social background, culture, skin colour or religion.
We are extremely proud of what they achieved at this prestigious tournament. We hope this fantastic experience and achievement will be a great motivator to help them excel as high performance athlete for the nation in the future.” he added.
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