Piala Dollah Kassim 2012 or aptly known as Dollah Kassim Charity Cup 2012, kicked off in earnest last weekend, 7th October 2012, at ITE College East (Simei). In the opening match, two-time champions Berita Harian opened their accounts by beating newbies of the tournament, Singapore Music Society, 3-0. The newbies featured familiar faces like actor / host Fadly Awaludin, and former Mediacorp Suria players, Fauzie Laily and Fadhlur Rahman. The newbies gave a good account of themselves even though it was the first time that the players came together without any prior trainings or meet-ups. The Berita Harian team, which came so close to gracing the grand final last year and lost out on goal difference to defending champions Mediacorp Suria in the qualifying round, looks like the dark horse once again to threaten the likes of Suria as well as the team from Perkamus-COMPASS.
The Mediacorp Suria team of 2012… (photo courtesy of Mediacorp Suria)
In the second match in which yours truly played, Mediacorp Suria defeated the team from Persatuan Dramatis Singapura, 6-1. I have to admit that the scoreline was a bit flattering to the defending champions, but the losing team walked away from the match with their heads held high and showed better industry and work-rate than their performance last year, when they lost 1-7 to the same team. Suria it has to be said, are still a team in transition after losing more than a third of our players from last year’s victorious team and there is still room for improvement in many areas, as the new and old players strike up some form of understanding between us in terms of passing combination and controlling of match rhythm.
(photo courtesy of Mediacorp Suria)
The next round of matches will be held again at ITE College East (Simei) on 21st October 2012, with Persatuan Dramatis Singapura facing off Berita Harian in the first match at 4:00pm and Singapore Music Society playing against Perkamus-COMPASS at 5:30pm. There is however a change in venue on the third qualifying matchday on 28th October 2012. Instead of ITE College East (Simei), the matches between Mediacorp Suria and Perkamus-COMPASS, as well as Singapore Music Society and Persatuan Dramatis Singapura, will be held at ITE College Central (Balestier) at 4:00pm and 5:30pm respectively. Again, entrance to all the matches are free. So if you do not have anything happening on the days mentioned, do come down and lend the tournament your support!!!
Anyway I purposely post this entry today because it is exactly two years that my uncle, Allahyarham Abdullah Bin Mohamed Kassim, better known as Dollah Kassim, in which the charity football tournament is named after, passed on. Two years seems like a long time but it felt like yesterday that he left us all and I still recall the tribute entry I did on his passing. And I know till this day, his immediate family members on both sides still cling on to every sweet memory they have of him and will not stop to think about him daily. As his nephew who was lucky to experience his immense and exemplary kindness, sincerity and generosity for 31 years, these were traits that will live long in my memory and good examples for me to emulate. Playing in this tournament as I have said time and time again, is my personal tribute to a man who was my favourite uncle. May Allah bless his soul and place him in Jannah… Al-Fatihah…