Fresh from my Penang rendezvous, I planned to go back to Serendah earlier to get myself ready for the school’s 1st meeting for next year education calendar; but a spontaneous invitation from my brother-in-law, Abg Zam put the concocted plan on hold. Initially, planned to push off to Serendah around midday right after I collected my car license at Metrojaya Academy Precint Diplomatik but Abg Zam initiated that he got tickets for the Final Match (1st Leg) between Malaysia Vs Indonesia for Suzuki Cup. Instantaneously, I of course said YES!
We pushed off to LRT Bandar Tasik Selatan around 6.45 P.M. and only to find enormous crowd thronging and queuing up to buy the ticket passes! Phew! The train was so EVER congested with football fanatics and we literally had to be sardined inside! Some people cracked nervous jokes on the upcoming match that night and it was all a fiesta atmosphere! Arrived there and definitely I felt like in a scene of Harry Potter’s Triwizard Tournament scene! I love the exuberant mood! Performed our Maghrib prayer there but unfortunately, there was no water supply! Imagine taking ablution using mineral bottles- but everyone was being helpful passing the bottles to each other.
At 8 o’clock, we arrived at the entrance gate of Bukit Jalil Stadium and the game had just begun. Abg Zam called his friend who supposedly hold the tickets…..we waited…and waited…and waited….and waited….until the first half of the match gone!!!!! I was so tired and a bit annoyed but Abg Zam was cool. The friend couldn’t make an exit from the stadium because it was so crowded- Hmmm…. can the story be bought? I don’t know but I had to confess I was a bit disturbed and annoyed. Anyway, before the friend arrived, we somehow managed to snoop in courtesy of a lenient RELA guard! Thanks! Too late for the ticket when the friend came….but…whatever.Most important, we could see the game, aite?
Fortunately, the second half was the bit where the drama and excitement lied. Malaysian players seemed to be absorbed with home-field aura that they managed to score 3 goals! But the excitement was put on halted for a while when suddenly it was claimed that someone had “light up” a laser to the Indonesian goal-keeper who then refused to play and the whole Indonesian team boycotted for a while. The soap opera came to finale when the royalty guests (if I am not mistaken, including the Prince Mahkota of Pahang) came down from the honorary podium. We were actually stood up at the most behind seat alignment so couldn’t figure out what exactly happened.
Above all, the 1st Leg of the final was a worthy experience! But of course too early to say anything as surely Indonesia will double up effort with their sly and slick tactics. Too early to be too satisfied but kudos to the players and also Malaysians who came all the way throughout Malaysia to support the team. The unity of “Malaysia Boleh” was so apparent and I have to say, I enjoyed the game and the atmosphere!