The Ex-Malay Mail FC veteran soccer team will be competing in the inaugural Philippines-Malaysia Veteran Soccer tournament at the Panaad Stadium in
The tournament is the initiative of the
The Malay Mail team leave tomorrow night (Thursday) with captain Hasnul Ramlan Khairuddin leading a 13-players squad.
The team has a guest player in double international (soccer and hockey), M. Kalimutu, who is 63 years-old,
Kalimutu, who hails from Malacca, is still fit as a fiddle and plays regularly in the social league in the Klang Valley
The rest of the players include players like Mohamad Omar and A. Gunasegran, who played for the NST team as early as 1977.
Other notable names include Mohamad Faridzul Kassim who played for Malay Mail in the FAM Cup campaign in the 90s.
Initially, three teams from the
Certainly, this tournament is not going to be a one-off affair but an annual one. The FA of
With the backing of the PFF, the tournament is indeed going to grow into a key event for
The PFF’s secretary-general Cyril Dofitas personally oversaw the run-up to the tournament with the local organising committee and will be in
The Malay Mail team is no stranger to the
Many of the current veteran players were part of The Malay Mail team at one time or another when it played in the
The Malay Mail team saw its birth in 1989, when they changed their name from New Straits Times (NST) to The Malay Mail for branding purposes.
It rose from competing in the domestic KL Dunhill League to play in the FAM Cup (national club championship) before earning promotion to the M-League Second Division in 2000, where it played for three seasons.
The Malay Mail was the first club team from the
The team was forced to disband at the end of 2004 because it could not find a sponsor to continue its campaign. In fact, the team survived for almost 15 years on a shoestring budget, putting many top teams in
A picture of The Ex-Malay Mail Veteran team players before a friendly match against UKRC in March.
In a tribute to The Malay Mail team and in memory of a great friendship with the
The Ex-Malay Mail Veterans team sponsors the challenge trophy and prizes for the tournament. The team will also be making a presentation of old jerseys, Milo T-Shirts and soccer balls, to a poor school team in
The players are paying for their trip and some friends of the former Malay Mail FC team – Milo, Line 7, Pennzoil GSR Racing Team, UKRC, Sky Bus, WRL Advertising n Production and Datuk Hishan Abdullah – have made this trip possible.
The team to
Fareez Prem Raj, Md Mashraff Mustakim, Hasnul Ramlan Khairuddin, Anto Ricchard Gomez, Muhamad Omar, Zaiddi Sabri, Masaaud Zain, Zulkarnanin Abd Talib, A. Gunasegeran, Mohd Faridzul Kassim, Aftan Mohamed, U. Supramaniam, V. Kalimutu.
Officials: Tony Mariadass & Mohd Rasol Raman Mustapha