MORE FES­TIVE

Tunku Is­mail wants bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence for fans

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DEVIN­DER SINGH

There was lit­tle for fans to do ex­cept to mill around out­side the sta­dium while brows­ing through the mer­chan­dise on of­fer be­fore mak­ing their way through the gates.

In a state­ment re­leased ear­lier in the day, Tunku Is­mail urged M-League or­gan­is­ers Foot­ball Malaysia LLP (FMLLP) to cre­ate a more fes­tive oc­ca­sion dur­ing fi­nal matches.

“I hope in the fu­ture FMLLP will be more open in or­gan­is­ing fi­nals like the FA Cup and the Malaysia Cup more fes­tively for fans at­tend­ing those games,” said Tunku Is­mail.

“I also would like thank the fans of both teams for at­tend­ing tonight to sup­port your team. May you all have a safe jour­ney. Con­grat­u­la­tions and thank you once again for your sup­port.”

The num­ber of fans in the venue were evenly split be­tween Kedah and Pa­hang sup­port­ers.

Kedah fans have be­come ac­cus­tomed to mak­ing the jour­ney south to Shah Alam in re­cent years with yes­ter­day’s match Kedah’s third suc­ces­sive ap­pear­ance in ma­jor fi­nals af­ter the Malaysia Cup de­ciders of 2015 and 2016.

Yes­ter­day’s fi­nal brought the 28th edi­tion of FA Cup to a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion just prior to the break for the fast­ing month.

It was Pa­hang’s fourth ap­pear­ance in the FA Cup fi­nal, hav­ing won it in 2006 and 2014, while Kedah, cham­pi­ons in 1196, 2007 and 2008, played in their fifth fi­nal.

It was also only the fifth time the FA Cup fi­nal was held at the Shah Alam Sta­dium, and the sec­ond year in a row as the Na­tional Sta­dium in Bukit Jalil is un­avail­able.

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