The Pahang fans in full voice and colour before the start of the FA Cup final at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday night. - BERNAMA
SHAH ALAM: The Elephants Army’s supporters turned the Shah Alam Stadium into a sea of yellow for the 25th edition of the FA Cup final against Felda United.
Although the game was only scheduled to kick off at 8.45pm, the gates were opened as early as 4pm. And, by 6pm, the 80,000-capacity stadium was almost packed to the brim.
The Pahang fans quickly filled up most parts of the stadium. The Felda supporters, although smaller in number compared to Pahang, still made their presence felt as they came dressed in their team’s colour of orange.
The tighter security by the police, Rela and the ushers kept the crowd under control and there weren’t any major untoward incidents at the stands – despite there being no buffer zones to separate the fans.
Both sets of fans paraded and put up their state flags and banners to spur their players on. One of the more eye-catching banners was the one that said “Pahang is Argentina” as a tribute to their Argentinian hot-shot Matias Conti.
The Felda fans, not to be outdone, put up a banner declaring “We are not strong but we are awesome”!
The two sets of fans also tested each other’s vocal abilities as they chanted and sang their hearts out. Obviously, this was a war won by the Pahang supporters, who outnumbered the Felda fans.
The noise level went up a few decibels when the players took to the pitch for their warm-up session. The Felda players further endeared themselves to their supporters by kicking several balls into the stands.
The volume reached a crescendo when the starting 11 from both sides marched onto the pitch. This was followed by a hearty rendition of the national anthem.
The Pahang fans again stole the show on the stands as they unveiled a giant black and white flag before singing their state anthem after that.
Finally, it was time for both sets of fans to sit back and enjoy the spectacle that was about to unfold.