CP team impress Lionesses despite loss

Muhammad Shahidil Saidi from the Singapore cerebral palsy football team taking a shot, as Singapore national women's player Cheryl Chan closed in during a friendly at the Woodlands Stadium last night.
Muhammad Shahidil Saidi from the Singapore cerebral palsy football team taking a shot, as Singapore national women's player Cheryl Chan closed in during a friendly at the Woodlands Stadium last night.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The Singapore cerebral palsy football team warmed up for the Asean Para Games with an 8-1 defeat by the national women's football team in a friendly at the Woodlands Stadium last night.

While the team created several scoring chances, they lacked a killer touch and were unable to prevent their opponents from putting the ball into the net.

The team had just returned from a training tour to Osaka recently.

Despite the lopsided result, coach Mohamed Zainudeen was happy with their performance.

He said: "The team coped well with the pressure from the girls.

"At the end of the day, we will be playing against other CP teams, so the score doesn't matter."

Captain Khairul Anwar Kasmani and vice-captain Muhammad Mubarak Mohd Rastam sat out the match with knee injuries, and the coach lamented the absence of his key players.

"The team did well, considering how challenging it was with the constraints."

Midfielder Muhammad Shahidil Saidi, 26, was the outstanding performer for the team, combining a high work rate with a penchant for a skillful dribble.

He said: "I think I played quite well, but I can improve my touch, ball control and shooting."

The team's lone goal came from Muhammad Taufiq Baharin, who is a debutant at the coming Games.

Despite her team's comfortable victory, goalkeeper Beatrice Tan, 23, was impressed with the CP team.

"They kept encouraging one another and didn't give up. They had some good plays and attempts," she said. "It was a very good experience to play against them. Now we know what they are capable of."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 17, 2015, with the headline 'CP team impress Lionesses despite loss'. Print Edition | Subscribe