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November 3, 2013. The date ranked of primary importance to any Pahang football fan. This evening was to witness the final match between Pahang and Kelantan - the culmination of the Malaysia Cup Competition. It was to decide which team was supreme in football in Malaysia.

The match was to kick off at 7.30 p.m. Over 80,000 observers could view gay decorations of flags, banners bearing the names, bright colors and logos of the contesting teams decorating the Shah Alam Stadium. An air of anticipated excitement hung over the place. In fact, busloads of fervent supporters had been arriving at the stadium grounds throughout the early afternoon and before the kickoff.

At 7.25 p.m., the scene outside the stadium was a hive of activity and a mix of sounds and colours. The reverberating sounds of kompangs (Malay drums) could be heard as fans tried to boost the morale of the players and crowds.

Long queues of impatient fans were waiting in line to be allowed into the stadium or to buy last minute tickets. Ticket touts moved around them quietly, offering tickets on the black market at marked up prices. A few fans, impatient at the long queues, were waiting to part with their money for the coveted tickets. Moreover, it had been a long, tiring wait in the hot weather outside and these were tickets for the covered stands. There might be a monsoon coming along as drops of rain had started to patter on the pavements outside the stadium.

Hawkers outside the stadium were doing a roaring trade. Brightly colored pinkish drinks clashed with the sound of sizzling Ramly hamburgers which were sold from pushcarts. There were even vendors selling brightly-colored balloons for the children. A stall somewhere proclaimed branded football jerseys at a discount but on closer inspection, would reveal them as fakes. Business was brisk as a 30,000 - crowd filled the stadium.

Meanwhile, as the time approached 7.30 p.m., those outside who had not gained entrance to the stadium began to resign themselves to watching the game outside. The generous authorities had kindly provided a giant television screen outside. The crowd jostled patiently and good-naturedly for the best vantage points to view the match outside.

Groups of boys were moving around, bearing rattan baskets containing pies and drinks and shouting out a continual refrain of "Drinks, curry puffs, 50 cents, 1 dollar."

An observer would, if he had looked up, seen a giant helium balloon bobbing in the air outside the stadium. It bore the words of its sponsor, `Jusco Batteries."

The crowd itself was a motley group of people. There was a sprinkling of Chinese and Indian fans amid the mostly Malay fans. They were mostly youths, with some middle-aged men. Children and women comprised the least. One could spy some families having a picnic on the grounds outside. Most people were dressed casually, but others were decked in traditional wear.

There was suddenly a silence. The minister had just finished his speech. Then there was a tremendous roar inside the stadium. The match had begun ! The people outside the stadium joined in the welcome shouts as the long awaited finals started to unfold.

     
culmination   finale
     
fervent   ardent
     
motley   diverse
 
 

 

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