Malaysian outfit Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) retained the Malaysian Super League title for eight consecutive times since 2014, with two games remaining.
The Southern Tigers are clearly in the class above their competitors as they thrashed traditional rivals Sri Pahang 3-0 at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium with a hattrick from sensational striker Bergson Da Silva, all during the first half.
With the win that cemented their grasp on the title, club owner HRH Major General Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, the Crown Prince of Johor announced that the league win is dedicated to all frontliners who have tirelessly worked hard during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
He also said that the prize money by winning the league will be donated to the families of the frontliners.
“JDT wishes to dedicate our eight Malaysian Super League titles to all frontliners who have worked hard during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the Crown Prince.
“The Crown Prince of Johor also decreed that the club shall donate its prize money to the fund established for the families of the frontliners,” he stated in the club’s official page the Johor Southern Tigers.
It is understood that the prize money awarded to Super League champions is close to RM500,000 as in previous seasons. However, the actual amount may vary based on the exact sponsorship figure in every season.
The Southern Tigers are no stranger to charity as the club is always among the first to respond to numerous calamities, by providing aid, monetary assistance and delivery of goods to affected victims.
For the record, JDT had donated all their winning earnings to the JDT Foundation (Yayasan JDT) since 2013. Proceeds from the Foundation will be channeled to the underprivileged.
The donations include Super League’s prize money and participation money from the Asian Football Confederation for contesting in the AFC Asian Champions League and AFC Cup competitions.
THE BRUNEIAN | KUALA LUMPUR