New Sarawak Tribune - Tuesday, 21 September 2010 12:50 Martin Yee
KUCHING: The Sarawak Cup which will kick off from Oct 18 to 24 will be an open affair with no age limits, while teams are allowed to get the services of state players which is limited to three per team.
The state’s premier tournament this year will also see more teams participation, including club sides, with each division allowed to field a divisional and club side.
The Sarawak FA deputy president Mohd Abu Bakar Marzuki, who is also competitions committee chairman, said there is no age limit for the competing teams, unlike the previous tournament in 2008 where each team must have two under 20 players.
From his knowledge, not all the divisions will have a club side, although Kuching will have two teams joining the fray.
“We expect every division to send at least one team and this year’s Sarawak Cup will be well participated.
“The aura of interest is there and judging from feedback from coaches, there will be a few good players lighting up the tournament,” said Abu Bakar.
Kuching, he said, will be represented by the DBKU club side who won the Kuching league, beside the Kuching Division team, as only the champion club of each division qualify to take part in the Sarawak Cup tournament which is being held on a carnival basis.
He said the state’s oldest tournament is being organised with the objective of unearthing new talents to play for the state team at both the age group and senior level.
It is likely to be held once in two years with a one-year lapse in the next tournament.
Apart from the Sarawak Cup, FAS will also be organising well-run leagues that last for at least four to five months soon in all the divisional affiliates as the state embark on a development to raise the standard of football.