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Sunday November 11, 2012

Ex-Malacca footballer shows he’s a good sport

GEORGE TOWN: Rayfeal Lopez was disappointed that he was not able to play in the football match at the Malaysian Eurasian Games 2012 here but he still came all the way from Malacca to support his teammates.

Lopez, 24, was supposed to play in the match as part of the team from the Malacca-Portuguese Eurasian Association but injured himself a few days earlier while playing in another match.

“I tore my right leg’s anterior cruciate ligament, one of the ligaments of the knee, a few days ago while playing football in the Super Six League in Kuala Lumpur,” said the business development manager.

Lopez, a former Malacca midfielder who played in the Super League from 2006 to 2009, said he was here to support his friends and to make new friends.

“The Eurasian community is small and this event keeps our community united,” he said when met at the two-day event which began yesterday at the College General grounds in Tanjung Bungah.

The games, participated by about 300 people from seven Eurasian associations, are organised for the first time by the Penang Eurasian Association.

Association president and organising chairman Aloysius Gasper said the event was held to build bridges and to reach out to one another.

“Our hope is to organise the event in different states every year. As a community, we can achieve wonders if we stay united,” he said in his speech at the launching of the games.

Also present were Bishop Sebastian Francis, former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s wife, Tun Jeanne Abdullah, and Datuk Keramat assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo.

The other participating associations are the Selangor and Federal Territory Eurasian Association, Portuguese-Eurasian Association of Perak, Sarawak Eurasian Association, Kedah Eurasian Association and Eurasian Association of Singapore.

The games featured were badminton, table tennis, darts and carom.

The participants also attended a mass service at the College General’s chapel and a gala dinner at the Church of The Immaculate Conception’s hall in Pulau Tikus.

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