Two days after the coveted winning against Indonesians’ Garuda, The Malayan Tigers were forced to another highly-anticipating match; this one was to face a bigger opponent for a bigger match – The AFC Asian Qualifiers For 2012 Olympic Games; that was to face Syria. Under the Group C, Malaysia is in the same group with Japan, Syria and Bahrain.
With the recently-crowned status as football behemoth force in ASEAN, Malaysians are excited and very motivated to witness the possibility of Malayan Tigers guaranteeing place in Olympics 2012! The hiatus between SEA Games and Asian Qualifiers for Olympic 2012 is undeniably a short stint; but athletes have to do what athletes need to do – that are to constantly keep fit and keep agile!
Since I am on holidays and nothing better to do, a friend secured tickets for the game so off I went to Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil. The crowd was amazing and people thronging like a fiesta. Perhaps because it was held in weekdays and people were busy with working routines that the turn-outs wasn’t exactly much; but given here and there; there were still a lot of people with enthusiastic spirits!
On the first half, Malaysians were on par with the Syrians. We played well and counter-attack the Syrians – it was an equal match; quite soporific but safe. NEVERTHELESS, into the 2nd half, Malaysians were beginning to lost focus and stamina to the Syrians! Everything happened too fast that the Malaysians’ goal was attacked a goal was scored! The goal I guess somehow weakened the Malayan Tigers as the defences were kept pushed vigorously by The Syrians as another goal was scored later on. Malaysia had a lot of chances and opportunities especially Ahmad Fakri Saarani but unfortunately, most of the chances were wasted.
I didn’t want to comment about Fakri because I pitied him as most Malaysians scorned, jeered and besmirched him with catcalls and names as he couldn’t sustain stamina and focus during the SEA Games and dragged that into this AFC Qualifiers Olympic 2012 – resulting Malaysia of losing MANY golden opportunities to score. True, frustration swirled; but to criticize and judging him harshly was VERY UNCIVILIZED, I guess. Even a fat aunty behind me in the stadium kept condemning Fakri continuously – and let alone in Facebook, where tonnes of people kept jeering him and making homophonic analogy of “Fakri” to “Fuck-Ri”!!! Pity, isn’t it? After all, he tried his best – and don’t forget he was a zero-to-hero when he scored during our meeting with Myanmar in SEA Games.
But whatever was the outcome, I was VERY PROUD with my MALAYSIANS audiences for paying respect by standing when the Syrians’ national anthem was played and also by giving the Syrians THUNDEROUS applause when the game was over! Such a very proud moment as a Malaysian to witness the BIG differences between us and sadly to say, Indonesians who always hate us for no reason (they claimed Malaysia is THIEF for stealing their cultures with baseless accusations; doesn’t it occur to the mind that Malaysia is a hybrid of Indonesian and Thailand cultures because most of Malaysians derived from these two countries? Low mentality!) !!!
The audiences also didn’t jeer at Malayan Tigers. We gave them standing ovation and they acknowledged the support by gesturing appreciations to every corner where Malaysians sat. There were 2 uncivilized Malaysians who got berserk with the loss and threw water bottles BUT they were booed and shouted angrily by others! Hahahaha, serve them RIGHT!
I have to say that Khairul Fahmi Che’ Mat is indeed the saviour of the night! He got excellent moves and skills; I guess, I won’t give a damn about what the local tabloids kept covering about his dalliance with a-wild-bitch-and-left-his-fiancee; he is good and skilful player. About sexual rendezvouses, well, it happens all around the world in sports! So athletes’ spouses must face the fact that their husbands are prone to sexual temptations – to get entangle with athlete is to bear the risk! (,”)
On whole, Malayan Tigers, keep roaring!!!! Aummmmm! (,”)