The PETRONAS Group ICT football club, PETRONAS Group ICT FC, secured the third spot in Group A at the recently concluded Liga Bola Sepak KSRP (LBK) 2016, the football league for PETRONAS Sports and Recreational Club.
Group A comprised of:
- PETRONAS Group ICT FC.
- Pata Timo FC from PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) & PETRONAS Gas Berhad (PGB) in Kerteh, Terengganu.
- PCOGD FCfrom PETRONAS Chemical Olefins, Glycol & Derivatives (PCOGD), Kerteh, Terengganu.
- HRCS FC from Human Resource Centralised Services, Kuala Lumpur.
PETRONAS Group ICT FC pitted its strength against the mighty Pata Timo FC during the last game of the group but did not make it through to the quarter-final stage. Only a win could have guaranteed it a spot in the knockout round.
The team lost its first match against PCOGD FC at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital Football Field on 1 October 2016 by a score of 2-1 despite dominating most of the game. However, they came back with renewed vigour in their match against HRCS FC and won by 3-0.
The PETRONAS GROUP ICT FC was founded in 2009 and currently has 25 players. The club is spearheaded by its staunchest supporter PETRONAS ICT Chief Operation Officer Izwan Hasli M Ibrahim, who is also the team’s Patron. He is supported by Hafizan Habeeb Rahman, the team’s Advisor.
The club organised an open try-out in August to attract new blood into the team. The try-out received encouraging response from fresh, young and exuberant talents from within Group ICT.
The Fellowship – A Glowing Ember
Izwan Ibrahim is impressed with the team's enthusiasm and hopes for better days ahead for the club. The players are optimistic about their chances of success for next year and hope to receive more support from everyone.
"Talent wins games but teamwork and support win the league." — Hafizan Habeeb Rahman, Team Advisor
The team proudly wore jerseys bearing the myExplorer logo during the LBK2016 matches, earning themselves the moniker "myExplorer ambassadors". They were also instrumental in making myExplorer the game's official communication channel. The President of KSRP, Faris B Mustaffa, and Izwan Ibrahim officially launched myExplorer as the official broadcast channel for LBK 2016 on 26 September 2016.
"We mooted the idea, provided the necessary technical assistance and followed through with a simple marketing campaign." – Razif M Shahreza, Midfielder"Although there wasn't a big turnout at the matches, we did receive a lot of virtual support from our fans through social media, especially through Facebook and myExplorer app." — M Faizal M
Norizam, Team Captain
The KSRP channel enhances interaction between the organiser of the league and its subscribers by:
- Facilitating two-way communication between LBK management and its players.
- Keeping subscribers up-to-date on the developments within the league.
- Live updates on match details such as fixtures, standings, and results create excitement for the game.