2 December 2021, Petaling Jaya– Yakult Malaysia once again recorded a new history in the world of Malaysian football when it organizes a Charity Football Match that will involve national football players to help the Malaysian Sports Association for the Deaf (MSDEAF) raise funds for sports development for the year 2022.

This charity match is between the Malaysian Deaf Tiger team and the Malaysia Japan All-Stars team which will take place on 11 December 2021 at the Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium. The Malaysia Japan All-Stars team will involve many famous Malaysian football players such as Indra Putra Mahayuddin, Zaquan Adha, Syed Adney, Baddrol Bakhtiar, Faiz Subri, Azmi Muslim, Shukor Adan, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Nurshamil Abdul Ghani, Razman Roslan, Azmeer Hj Yusof and a few other big names.

Also joining the Malaysia Japan All-Stars team are Japanese football legend Masashi Motoyama, as well as several other Japanese players who have played in the Malaysian Football League such as Yuta Suzuki, Yuki Tanigawa, Akira Higashiyama, Shuhei Fukai and Bruno Suzuki.

With the full support of the National Sports Council, this tournament also attracted the attention of many leading Japanese companies in Malaysia to contribute as the main sponsors for the tournament such as Panasonic, Matsuoka Projects, Ajinomoto, Mitsui & Co, and Mitsui Fudosan. Apart from that, there are 27 other companies also involved as sponsors for this tournament, namely Pigeon, Kewpie, Arima Food Lab, Nistrans, FujiFilm, MOMA, Otafuku Sauce, ChungHo, Tokio Marine, Sanggul Emas, Hibari Clinic, MKM, Tan Kang Hai Transport, KDDI, Shakariki, Keris Sakti, Asahi Engineering, Yakiniku Yui, MTown, Matsuhasi Reinetsu, Daikin, Masco Office Supplies, Sweetmag Solutions, The Talent Engine, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Sunstar and Fresh Life.

This program is the idea of Yakult Malaysia’s Managing Director, Hiroshi Hamada,  as it will be an annual event organized by Yakult Malaysia and will further expand contributions to other sports bodies in the future in line with the company’s main mission to bring health and joy to everyone through the organization of such a sports tournament.

According to Hiroshi Hamada, “We hope that the funds raised will be able to support the Malaysian Deaf Tigers Team in preparation for local and international matches. The Malaysian Deaf Tigers are currently in the group of 24 best teams in the world and ranked 6th in Asia Pacific (2018) and 2nd in ASEAN (2016) for Deaf football. I urge you not to miss the opportunity to attend this inaugural charity match. You can also donate to this charity fund by purchasing Raffle tickets or bid for your favourite sports item during the auction session which will be held on 11 December. The highest bidders will receive the sports item with the player autograph of your choice”.

For the record, members of the public who wants to watch this match also have the opportunity to be a contributor to this charity fund can purchase tickets to this match by visiting the Yakult Malaysia website at www.yakult.com.my.