Valentia win Cup, earn stint with Valencia School

Players from Valentia CF celebrate their penalty shootout victory that won them the inaugural Epson Singapore Cup.
Players from Valentia CF celebrate their penalty shootout victory that won them the inaugural Epson Singapore Cup.PHOTO: EPSON SINGAPORE

Their team name is confusing - Valentia CF - with many mistaking them for the Spanish La Liga club Valencia CF, owned by Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim.

But they are actually a team of promising young footballers who yesterday won the inaugural Epson Singapore Cup, an Under-15, seven-a-side football tournament organised by tech company Epson.

They survived a nail-biting penalty shootout to defeat Team Alpha 3-2 in the final, and secured a training stint at the Valencia Soccer School in Singapore.

Ilyasa Zul Haimi, who scored the winning penalty, said the tournament helped his team-mates gain precious match experience.

He added: "We hope to learn more during the (stint with) Valencia Soccer School, (especially) about how to deal with and overcome different situations."

Besides the on-pitch action, players also met Geylang International players Isa Halim and Mark Hartmann.

Ex-Singapore internationals Lionel Lewis and S. Subramani also shared footballing advice.

Said Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore's general manager (sales, marketing and customer service division): "We are encouraged and impressed by the mettle, skills and sportsmanship the teams have shown on the field."

The Cup is the latest corporate social responsibility initiative by Epson to extend its outreach efforts in local communities.

Epson has previously sent Singapore national youth footballers to Japan for training stints with Japanese club Matsumoto Yamaga.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 11, 2016, with the headline 'Valentia win Cup, earn stint with Valencia School'. Print Edition | Subscribe