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Sabah Cops clinch IGP Division One title

5th July, 2018

By FRANCIS XAVIER

KOTA KINABALU: It was a historic moment for Sabah Cops as they clinched the Division One title of the IGP Cup Hockey Tournament at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan, Pahang yesterday.

Making a return to the tournament after a lapse of 22 years, Sabah Cops defeated Terengganu 2-1 in a penalty shoot-out after 1-1 draw in regulation time.

The feat will now see them compete in the Premier Division next year alongside the big guns, while Terengganu will remain in Division One.

“This is a glorious moment for us,” an elated Sabah team manager Supt Nor Azizulkifl Mansor was quoted as saying by Malaysian Sports.

“I wish to thank every member of the team for giving their best in the final. It was a very nerve-wrecking final and thank God we prevailed in the shoot-out.”

“I also take this opportunity to thank our top bosses for their guidance. They have been very supportive and now that we are champions we have a bigger responsibility next season in the Premier Division,” he added.

Mohd Firdaus Abdul Ghani shot Sabah ahead with a 23rd-minute penalty corner conversion and were headed for victory but Terengganu earned a penalty corner in the last few seconds of the match which Mohd Ashraf Abdul Halim converted – pushing the match into a penalty shoot-out.

Norhashim Ahmad and Mohamed Ismail converted for Sabah while, Ashraf was the only player who scored for Terengganu.

Earlier, Sabah Cops, who last competed in the IGP Cup in 1996, earned their final ticket after registering a slender 1-0 win over Briged Tenggara.

Mohd Firdaus Abd Ghani scored the winner for the East Malaysian outfit. On the other hand, Terengganu claimed their berth after trouncing Briged Utara 3-0 in the other semi-final encounter.

Meanwhile, Briged Tenggara defeated Briged Utara 3-0 to finish third in the tournament.

   
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