Saturday August 4, 2012
Thrilling time for Man City fans
By K. ASHOK
THOUSANDS of football fanatics flocked the Bukit Jalil National Stadium to catch a glimpse of their favourite Barclays Premier League team Manchester City when they took on the national team recently.
The atmosphere at the stadium was electrifying as the spectators and the crowd outside were waiting for the kickoff.
There were booths selling football jerseys and merchandise.
The fans arrived as early as 6pm and the Muslims broke their fast at the stadium compound.
Food stall owner Muhamad Naimullah, who operates in Kelana Jaya, said his profit doubled — thanks to the huge turnout.
“The big number of people meant good business not just for me but also stalls selling other items,” he said.
Naimullah 52, said as a football fan himself, he too had purchased tickets for the match.
“I’m a big fan of Manchester United ever since I was a child but to see their rival team here in Malaysia taking on our national team is an opportunity not to be missed. We came all the way from Kelana Jaya to make money and to watch the game as well,” Naimullah said.
Aside from locals, a family from England also came to soak in the atmosphere.
Melina Marie Ambrose, who is on vacation here with her family, said she would not miss the chance as the Manchester City stadium was far away from her home in London.
“I could only watch them live when they take on London clubs and sometimes I could not make it on the match day. Now that I’m on summer vacation in Kuala Lumpur with my family, I decided not to miss this match,” said Ambrose.
She also said the Malaysian team displayed a great performance when they took on Arsenal last week and expected a great match against Man City.
“Judging from the match last week I think the Malaysian squad would definitely put up a good fight against the Manchester City squad. The atmosphere outside the stadium here reminds me of home especially on match day.
We could see thousands of fans blowing the horns and painting their faces with the colours of their respective teams,” she added.
In the end, the City boys were far superior when they beat Malaysia 3-1 through goals from Sergio Aguerro, Carlos Tevez and Adam Johnson in the first half.