Former champions SMK Tunku Anum of Kedah continue to struggle in the Super League of the Ministry of Education Under-17 where this week, they failed to pick up the full points against SMK Tabuan Jaya of Sarawak.
In the match that was played at the Mini Stadium of SMK Tunku Anum in Jitra, the triple champions (2010, 2011 and 2012) could only afford a drab 1-1 draw against the visiting side from East Malaysia.
Aminuddin Abu Bakar had given the home team the lead after 36 minutes with a strike from close range before Sarawak replied with the equalizer off Gibson Billy at the hour mark.
“It has been a bad struggle so far. The problem is that most of our players from last year have been taken up to the national level while some are already playing at the state level, with the junior teams,” said chief coach Basirul Abu Bakar.
“We can no longer hope to score five or six goals against our opponents like we used to. We have had to completely restructure the squad since the start of the year, which means that we will need time.
“It is not that our players are bad. They just need to find the back of the net more often. That’s all.”
After four matches in the Super League, SMK Tunku Anum have picked up only picked up three points. The 1-1 draw against SMK Tabuan Jaya followed the scoreless draw against SMK Bukit Nenas of Terengganu last week.
Their next game will be against SMK Seksyen 11 of Selangor this weekend.
On the other hand, the U16 team of Bukit Jalil Sports School slumped to a 2-1 home defeat to SMK Za’ba of Negeri Sembilan with goals from Muhamad Farhan Mohd Shahrin in the eighth minute and Muhamad Nabil Azizul in the 63rd minute.
Bukit Jalil’s only goal came in the 27 minute through Wan Alif Aiman Rosmaidi.
In the meantime in a Premier League top of the table clash, SMK Putera of Kelantan edged SMK Seri Titiwangsa of Kuala Lumpur 2-1 in the game that was played in Kota Baru.
Two quick goals within the space of ten minutes – Muhamad Aliff Akrab Aziz (21st) and Muhamad Alfeeq Zharieq Jasmi (32nd) – ensured SMK Putera the full points.
SMK Seri Titiwangsa’s only goal of the game came off Muhammad Haikal Azim Azman in the 57th minute.
The MELC and 100PLUS Super Cup are among several youth programmes and competitions supported by 100PLUS, Malaysia’s leading isotonic beverage.
The others include the 100PLUS Malaysian Junior Golf Open and the 100PLUS National Junior Badminton Circuit. 100PLUS is recommended by the National Sports Council.
SMK Mutiara Impian (PENANG) 1
SMK Syed Hassan (PERLIS) 1
Bukit Jalil Sports School (U16) 1
SMK Za’ba (NEGERI SEMBILAN) 2
SMK Tunku Anum (KEDAH) 1
SMK Tabuan Jaya (SARAWAK) 1
SMK Putera (KELANTAN) 2
SMK Seri Titiwangsa (KUALA LUMPUR) 1
SMK Gunung Rapat (PERAK) 1
Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (U15) 2
SMK Seri Kota (MELAKA) 2
SMK Seberang Temerloh (PAHANG) 0
SMK Tun Hussein Onn (JOHOR) 3
SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin (SABAH) 0