Wednesday June 27, 2012
Lucky draw winners depart for Ukraine to watch semi-final match live
SEPANG: Ganesh Kamrajoo cannot wait to experience the atmosphere of being in a football stadium.
The 24-year-old was one of 100 football fans from Malaysia who left yesterday for a money-can't-buy football experience sponsored by Carlsberg.
They will be watching the Euro 2012 semi-final between Portugal and Spain at the Donbas Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine.
“It is fantastic to be able to watch the game live instead of just on television,” he said at Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday before departing.
Ganesh said this would be his first time on a plane and going abroad, apart from a trip to Singapore.
Coffee shop owner Tan Yow Kheong, who lost his right leg in an accident 20 years ago, said his condition did not stop him from living life to the fullest.
“I am very excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said the Spain fan.
The 51-year-old, who won the trip in a lucky draw, predicted Spain would win the match 2-0.
Teacher Sua Shang Toh, 25, said he wished he could have given the trip to his father who was 62.
“But I'll make it up to him by taking lots of pictures and videos,” he added.
University student Low Kar Men, 23, said it was a dream come true to see her favourite football player, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, in the flesh.
Carlsberg Malaysia marketing director York Spencer said as the official beer and sponsor of the tournament, Carlsberg was in a position to give consumers a truly unique UEFA Euro 2012 experience.
“This reward for Malaysians is our way of connecting with our consumers' passion for Carlsberg and the beautiful game,” he said.