SMK Tabuan Jaya Show Serious Contention in MELC 2012
Posted on 06 May 2012
KUALA LUMPUR (6 May 2012) – SMK Tabuan Jaya of Sarawak showed that they have no problem playing away from home in Group A of the Minister of Education League Cup 2012 where they have picked up a total of nine points on the road. The latest being their 1-0 win over Charity Shield winners SMK Seberang Temerloh of Pahang with the only goal in the game coming off Abang Nur'afirman Abang Norazman in the 35th minute.

“Abang Nur’afirman is a find for the team this year. He has been playing consistently and it is for that reason, the team is confident when they are on the road. They know that they have a chance of winning no matter who they are up against,” said Matthew Apok, the chief coach of SMK Tabuan Jaya.

“The key to the team this season is that we have learned from the mistakes we made last year. We have made improvements in that we have several utility players who can play in different positions. Against Seberang Temerloh, the team was disciplined and that made the difference.

“We will have to make some positional changes in the next game (away to defending champions SMK Bukit Nenas of Terengganu). But we are still confident of making the semi-finals this year.”

Out of six matches thus far, SMK Tabuan Jaya have won three times on the road – over SMK Syed Hassan (Perlis), SMK Tun Hussein Onn (Johor) and this week over SMK Seberang Temerloh. They have drawn one game (against SMK Gunung Rapat of Perak) and two losses (at home to SMK Bukit Nenas and then away to SMK Seri Tititwangsa of Kuala Lumpur).

At the end of the first round of the MELC 2012, SMK Tabuan Jaya are placed fourth in Group A of the MELC 2012 with 10 points – five points adrift of leaders SMK Seri Titiwangsa.

Over in Group B, SMK Mutiara Impian of Penang maintained their position at the top of the standings despite picking up only one point from their scoreless draw against SMK Seksyen 11 of Selangor. The team, still unbeaten after seven matches, is leading the table with 19 points.

Second at the table is former champions SMK Tunku Anum of Kedah with 13 points from the same number of games played. Sabah’s SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin are still placed at the bottom of the table with just three points from seven matches.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Education with the support of main sponsor 100PLUS launched the Minister of Education League-100PLUS 2012 quiz for schools recently in a bid to get school children to be more involve in the football league organized by the Ministry.

The quiz is opened to all secondary schools and private secondary schools registered under the Ministry.

“The league should be given the chance to grow in other areas as well, thus having a quiz will get more students interested and involved in this programme,” said Puan Ee Hong, the Director for Sports Division, Ministry of Education.

Added Cariessa Goh, the Corporate Affairs manager with F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd: “we are always keen to get involved in programmes that can contribute to youth development. We see this quiz as a way forward for the youth football league which has been growing steadily over the years.”

Participation in the quiz is totally through the Football Club of the respective schools where participants are required to answer four questions at the end of each month and also come up with a suitable catch phrase to complete the slogan.

Only one winner will be selected at the end of each month where they stand to win one (1) set of jerseys which consist of 16 outfield player jerseys and two sets for goalkeepers, five(5) official competition balls and 30 cartons of 100PLUS (325ml).

To take part in the Minister of Education League-100PLUS 2012 quiz, participants will have to access the league’s official website at

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 Gunung Rapat (PERAK) 2 SMK Bukit Nenas (TERENGGANU) 0
SMK Syed Hassan (PERLIS) 0 SMK Titiwangsa (KUALA LUMPUR) 1
SMK Seberang Temeroh (PAHANG) 0 SMK Tabuan Jaya (SARAWAK) 1
SMK Tunku Anum (KEDAH) 4 SMK Seri Kota (MELAKA) 1
SMK Mutiara Impian (PENANG) 0 SMK Seksyen 11 (SELANGOR) 0
SMK Za’ba (NEGERI SEMBILAN) 2 SSM Bukit Jalil 3
SMK Putera (KELANTAN) 3 SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin (SABAH) 0
SMK Gunung Rapat (PERAK) 0 SMK Bukit Nenas (TERENGGANU) 2
SMK Syed Hassan (PERLIS) 2 SMK Titiwangsa (KUALA LUMPUR) 1
SMK Seberang Temeroh (PAHANG) 2 SMK Tabuan Jaya (SARAWAK) 2
SMK Tunku Anum (KEDAH) 1 SMK Seri Kota (MELAKA) 0
SMK Mutiara Impian (PENANG) 2 SMK Seksyen 11 (SELANGOR) 2
SMK Za’ba (NEGERI SEMBILAN) 1 SSM Tengku Mahkota Ismail 1    
SMK Putera (KELANTAN) 5 SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin (SABAH) 0

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