Saturday, August 23, 2008

Double Treble!

My heartiest congratulation to the Kedah football team for achieving the historical "double treble" of Malaysian football by beating the Selangor team 3-2 just now.

Yes, they are currently the FA Cup champ, League champ and now the Malaysia Cup champ. And they have done it two years in a row now.

Being a "small time" ex-footballer myself, ages ago during my school days in Kuala Kangsar, I do follow footballs and at one time I did follow Malaysian footballs. I am a Kedahan and I followed the Kedah team closely during my "playing days" in the late 80s and early 90s. Wow! I sounded like a pro, "playing days" and all. Hahaha!

Hey! I did quite alright-lah, winning the Perak Schools Championship twice, in 1986 with MCKK (under 15) and 1988 with the Kuala Kangsar district team (under 17). As an MCKK player, I was with the team that was the district champions in 1986, 1988 and 1989. Haha! Enough of that! School level football pun mau cerita ka??!

Back to Malaysian football. I remember how frustrated I was when Kedah failed to win the Malaysia Cup finals thrice in a row (1988, 1989 & 1990,) beaten by Kuala Lumpur (WP) in all finals. Only in 1991 did they win their first final beating Singapore 3-1 if I'm not mistaken. Then came the "rasuah bola" era. And Kedah footballs fade away with it. That was when I stopped following Malaysian football.

"Rasuah" kills! Our local football succumbed to it. As a result of of that era (1994), we have lost a lot of talented footballers, some were quality national players. They were banned for life from football, local and international. Our national team during that time was badly affected by it.

I guess we never recover from it. We do need a miracle now to catch up with the big boys of international football. And it will be eon before we see our national team playing in the world cup judging from the quality of play during the final of Malaysia Cup just now, I am sorry to say.

2 comments:

LAN TOKAI said...

CERITA BOLA! BAGUS DAH CEMUIH (KATA ORANG KEDAH) DAH DENGAQ CERITA P.PAUH, ANWAR, DOLAH, MAT ARIP NI. STEADY LA KEDAH!

Anonymous said...

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