KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- Thirty-two football clubs, including two

from Penang and another from Perak, will battle it out in the second 1Malaysia

Cardiff City (1MCC) Under-12 League in Sungai Buloh near here from March 3.

1MCC and Cardiff City Football Club (Holdings) Limited chairman Datuk Chan

Tien Ghee said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was expected to

kick-off the league at the Rubber Research Institute (RRI) on March 31.

Sanctioned by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), the league, which

was previously known as the 1MCC Junior Football (1MCC-JFL) Under-12 League,

will see 32 teams divided into two groups playing 15 matches each on weekends at

the RRI with 16 teams (eight from each group) squaring off in the knock-out


The champions will walk away with RM10,000 and a trophy while the

runners-up, RM5,000 and a trophy, the second runners-up, RM1,500, and the fourth

place team, RM1,000.

Chan said he would personally scout for promising players from the

tournament for a trial stint at the club''s academy in Wales.



"The championship is not about chasing prize money, but rather developing

grassroots football and skills," he told reporters after the league''s team

managers meeting here today.

Meanwhile, 1MCC operations and competition director Gobi Nair said besides

the under-12 league, 1MCC would hold the under-14 league from May to July and

the under-16 league from October to December.

"We expect 28 local teams to take part in the two leagues and we will be

sending out invitations to the clubs, but we will have the final say whether to

accept or reject them," he added.



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