Hadi scores hat-trick at MoE football awards


Hadi Fayyad Picks Up Three Titles in MOE
Football League Awards

PETALING JAYA (11 Jan 2014) – Muhammad Hadi Fayyad Abdul Razak was the biggest winner in the Ministry of Education Football League Awards 2013 when he picked up three titles at the ceremony that was held at the Majlis Sukan Negara this afternoon.

Hadi, who will turn 14-years-old later this year, was chosen as the Best Striker, after having emerged as the Top Scorer with 12 goals, where he was also selected as the Most Talented Player of the Season for the Minister of Education League Cup (MELC) Under-14.

The lanky youngster plays for the Gambang Sports School, who was the losing finalist last season.

“Of course, I am very honoured with the three awards that have been given to me,” said Hadi Fayyad, who admires Safee Sali as his idol. “It will definitely spur me to do better for the new season.’

Hadi started his career with Perak, having played for the U11 and U12 teams before he was roped into the Sports School in Gambang. Last year, Hadi played in the Asean Youth Cup in Thailand as well as having turned out for Malaysia in the AFC U14 qualifiers in Myanmar.

In the meantime, Muhammad Jafri Muhammad Firdaus Chew of SMK Mutiara Impian was chosen as the Most Talented Player of the Season for the Ministry of Education League U17.

The 16-year-old, who has been a regular feature of the Harimau Muda C team since the start of last season, was also chosen as the Best Striker.

“I’ve been training very hard with the Harimau Muda C team, in preparation for the FA Cup, so this award could not have come at a more opportune time,” said Jafri. “I will of course miss playing with my school team but playing in the President’s Cup will be a challenge before we go to Slovakia later in the year.”

In the meantime, a Special Award was given to former Ministry of Education director-general Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud, as the man who was responsible for the establishment of the highly successful Ministry of Education League.

The league was first established in 2008 with 100PLUS, the country’s No. 1 isotonic drink as a sponsor.

“Sports is an important aspect of nation building and as such we should support programmes which are developmental in nature,” said YB P. Kamalanathan, deputy Minister of Education and Higher Learning II, who was the guest of honour at the awards ceremony.

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. 



Best Goalkeeper – Muhammad Faiz Aminuddin
Best Defender – Muhammad Nizam Hafiz Hashidi
Best Midfielder – Nik Akif Shahiran Nik Mat
Best Striker - Muhammad Hadi Fayyad Abdul Razak
Top Scorer – Muhammad Hadi Fayyad Abdul Razak
Most Talented Player of the Season - Muhammad Hadi Fayyad Abdul Razak


Best Goalkeeper – Muhammad Asyraf Azmi
Best Defender – Muhammad Hariz Kamaruddin
Best Midfielder – Muhammad Safawi Rasid
Best Striker – Muhammad Jafri Muhammad Firdaus Chew
Top Scorer – Fazi Hanif Adnan
Most Talented Player of the Season - Muhammad Jafri Muhammad Firdaus Chew

Best Coach – Mohd Azahari Salim
Best Team – SMK Tunku Anum, Kedah
Best Fan Club – Mohd Hilmi Hashim (SMK Gunung Rapat, Perak)
Best Manager - Che Omar Ramli (SMK Tunku Anum, Kedah)
Best General Coordinator – Muhamad Azam Muhd Aminuddin (SMK St. Gabriel, Kuala Lumpur)

Special Award – Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud


  1. Whatever Awards given, but the footballing knowledge of our youngsters will always remain the same!

    Malaysian young footballers at school level should not be given any Awards for being the best player, or a top scorer. Instead Awards should be given in relation to attributes of a player.
    Displaying good skills and excellent technique alone is not good enough to improve Malaysian football. Skill and technique acquisition is only one part of a larger education process in developing school going players.

    Defining a set of core ethical values such as respect, responsibility, caring, compassion, honesty, cooperation, fair play, and perseverance must be included. People wanting to develop the sport should communicate to all stakeholders the importance of the philosophy and the idea that character development is pursued for its own intrinsic value.

    There is nothing wrong with playing to win - virtually no one plays to lose. But winning can just as certainly become a character-defeating concept when competitive attitudes, behaviours, and strategies begin to undermine basic values. Even at the secondary school level, where the emphasis on winning is often greater, coaches can cultivate an environment in which all players feel involved, challenged, and safe.

    This is why it is critical for programs to choose and develop coaches who recognize that winning is only one part of a larger education process.

    HSKL says: Awarding players at development level, too soon can contribute to student missing out on core ethical values.


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