Kuala Lumpur City eSports faltered in Saturday’s fixtures of the FIFA eMFL 2022 competition, where we only managed to pick up a win from the 4 matches played, but it was a better return for our electronic boys last Sunday, to end the weekend in fifth position, sliding from second in the standings, nine points behind leaders Melaka Utd.
Draco began the proceedings on Match Day 3 against Kuching City with a narrow 2-1 triumph over Kagura X. It was a big boost to his confidence after the 1-5 beating he endured to Johor DT’s Akmaljhd last Wednesday. Following that success, the mantle was then handed to Ismir, who was looking to carry on his 100 % win record. Unfortunately, our plans went into disarray when the 24 year old crashed to his first loss of the league in a 2-3 defeat to Afizazri.
We sought to make amends in the crosstown derby with Petaling Jaya City during the 4pm kick-off, only for both our pro-gamers to fall by an identical score line of 3-2, to Firdaus and ZThaqif respectively. It was the first time our eCity Boys were resoundingly defeated since this season began.
A paltry return for our efforts on Saturday, including unwanted firsts of Ismir surrendering his unbeaten record and our team losing both duels in the same fixture, saw us with plenty of intent to end the weekend on a higher note.
Sunday’s action got started off with the Klang Valley derby, vs our traditional rivals Selangor and we failed to stop our losing streak. Draco was eclipsed 1-2 by Maxnevis, while Ismir suffered yet another 2-3 reverse, this time to Rainnn9, for the second time we were suffered straight set like losses.
We finally regained our mojo in the closing match for the week by trouncing Johor DT II, with Draco and Ismir rediscovering their rhythm in contrasting fashion, the former thrashing Imrandeen 4-1, and the latter needing to hold his nerve to face the challenge of Chamack, ultimately persevering 5-4 in a goalfest, to match his teammate’s 5-3 win/loss record thus far.
Here’s what Amtuah, eCity Boys’ head coach thought of the weekend’s action where in the overall analysis, we only won one (vs Johor DT II), lost twice to our neighbours (Petaling Jaya C & Selangor) and drew once (Kuching C) :
“Day 3 was not the ideal outcome that we wanted. We really wanted to chase the six points (vs Petaling Jaya C) but unfortunately, we couldn’t execute, the draw (vs Kuching C), however, was a consolation for Day 3.”
“Going into Day 4, we knew that we needed the points, knowing that teams such as PJ (Petaling Jaya) City and Melaka (Utd) were catching up, it was a crucial outcome that we needed. Although the points seemed like it was straying further from our reach after our loss with Selangor in the first match-up, fortunately, we were able to come back and steal six points in our last match, against our rivals as well Johor DT II.”
On what went wrong and right during the weekend, Amtuah said,
“I would like to say fatigue, but then again the boys are used to training for long hours to make sure they’re at the top of their game. So it comes down to different factors, and to me, what went right is that, once they realized that their performance was dropping after Selangor, they immediately focussed on and clutched the full six points.”
The next date for our wired pro’s to wield their controllers in the FIFA eMFL 2022, is on Wednesday, April 28, 2022, where we take on 11th place Sarawak United fielding Shige & Syameer (at 10pm, 2200hrs) and 9th position Selangor II represented by Killer & 411 (at 11pm, 2300hrs). Both matches will be aired through Draco’s and Ismir’s Twitch channels at :-.
May our eCity Boys exponents Faid “Draco” Said and Iskandar “Ismir” Mirza, have a better outing on Match Day 5!
Kuala Lumpur City eSports is a partnership between Kuala Lumpur City FC with Team Haq, for the FIFA eMFL 2022, a professional electronic sports (eSports) league organised by the Malaysian Football League (MFL), and Gamesbond Sdn. Bhd.
The FIFA eMFL 2022 features the FIFA 22 Playstation 5 console game and it is now into its second year, involving the participation of 18 clubs that compete in MFL’s Super League and Premier League traditional football competitions. It will run for approximately 3 months from April 19 to 26 June 2022, offering a cash prize pool of RM50,000 to the winners.