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Monday November 4, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday November 4, 2013 MYT 7:36:51 AM
All-weather support: Some Kelantan fans braving the rain while entering the Shah Alam Stadium grounds.
SHAH ALAM: All roads from Kelantan and Pahang were congested with vehicles heading for the Shah Alam Stadium for the national football event of the year – the Malaysia Cup final.
Convoys of cars and buses, decked with their state flags, clogged the stadium grounds by 4pm, although the match between the two east coast giants was due to start only at 8.30pm yesterday.
Kelantan, the Red Warriors, came to the stadium as defending champions and the team had also not missed a final four times in the last five years.
On the other hand, Pahang had last lifted the coveted cup in 1992 and came hungry as Elephants, the nickname for their team.
It was the first cup final meeting between the two state teams in the 92-year-old history of the competition (which started as the HMS Malaya Cup in 1921) and the rain did not dampen their spirit.
Earlier in Kuantan, state Youth and Sports Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Johari Hussain flagged off a convoy of more than 10 cars at the State Mosque parking lot.
Police outriders and patrol cars escorted the entourage to ensure the Pahang supporters had a safe and smooth journey to Shah Alam.
Many more buses loaded with fans from other districts joined the groups from Kuantan.
“It is the most expensive experience for me to travel in a bus with a group to watch the Malaysia Cup final. I don’t know when Pahang will again be in the final,” said 23-year-old Elephants fan Nur Syahidah Zainuddin.
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