KUALA LUMPUR (24 March 2017): TOT United A proved their prowess as they emerged champions of the adidas Tango League after defeating One United 7-2 in the final at Makespace, Quill City Mall on Sunday (March 19).
With a total of eight teams participating in the tournament, TOT United A hit if off right from the start with a 7-4 victory over Cyber FC before defeating YSFC 4-2 in the semi-finals to book a grand finale clash with One United, whom themselves have defeated Red Galacticos 3-1 before seeing out a nervy 4-3 win over Hang FC.
The Tango League, unlike any ordinary futsal competition, is a platform to expose aspiring young footballers or football enthusiasts to stadium match-days’ atmosphere while recreating professional playing conditions thus handing participants invaluable playing experience. On top of that, players of participating teams were equipped with adidas apparels.
Similar to the Bangkok, Paris, London and Berlin editions, this league is not just a series of events as it promotes community engagement and also focuses on creating the next generation of brand influencers through social media among other aspects.
adidas-sponsored national team player, Khairul Helmi, believes that the tournament should be held annually as it brings a positive impact especially on the younger generation.
“For me the Tango League is a great initiative for youths especially as it helps keep them actively involved in sports. The other challenges at the venue such as the Play Station 4 Booth and Tango Pro Live Instagram Booth made the event more interesting and fun,” said Khairul Helmi, who is also Kedah’s skipper.
Another national team player at the venue was Perak’s captain and centerback, Shahrom Kalam who positively reviewed the tournament organized by the number one sports brand in the world.
“Tango League is an ideal way for young players to showcase their talents as there were a few outstanding players from my observation. adidas as a famous sport brand should consider in organizing more tournaments like this in the future,” said Shahrom.
Winners were rewarded with the cash prize of RM5, 000 while the runners-up take home the cash prize of RM3, 000.
TOT United A player, Mohd Shahril Anuar walked away with an adidas boot deal in hand after voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) player by Shahrom Kalam and Khairul Helmi who were the panel of judges for the inaugural adidas Tango League.
However, the excitement of the Tango League did not stop there as participants and supporters alike were treated to a host of other on-site activities such as the Play Station 4 FIFA 2017 Game, Tango Pro mini drill activities (One-on-One Challenge, Hit the Target, Juggling Challenge) and the Tango Pro Live Instagram Booth.
One United 3-1 Red Galacticos
Hang FC 6-3 Own Goal
TOT United A 7-4 Cyber FC
YSFC 3-0 TOT United B
One United 4-3 Hang FC
TOT United A 4-2 YSFC
One United 2-7 TOT United A