IT was a picture of a footballer trying to get the ball off the rooftop while the rest of the students were waiting to catch the ball on its way down that won SMK Aminuddin Baki the prize in the We All Speak Football photography contest for secondary organised by Coca-Cola Malaysia in conjunction with the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany.
As a reward, they earned the privilege to go up to the 10th floor of Berjaya Times Square last Thursday to witness the Fifa World Cup Trophy Tour organised by the beverage company at the IMAX Theatre.
The school also received 20 football jerseys for their ingenuity from Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) general secretary Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad.
Also present at the event were Coca-Cola Malaysia public affairs and communications director Mohamed Kadri Mohamed Taib and F&N Coca-Cola national corporate affairs manager Kamal Harun.
After we announced the contest at the school assembly, it did not take the students long to put their creative minds together.
They were more than happy to come forward with their ideas before getting into the act for the photo shoot, said the school's football teacher Zulakbal Abd Karim.
We only managed to accommodate 82 students for today's event.
In fact, more students wanted to join the group.
But, it was not possible because the students are currently preparing for their first semester test, he added.
Meanwhile, a total of 32 students from SMK Cochrane comprising the school's football Under-15 and Under-18 players also turned up.
But, the school's football teacher Rosli Hamzah was saddened that the message to take part in the contest was not conveyed down to his students earlier.
We did not know about it until it was too late. Our students are passionate about football.
Personally, I felt that they could have given other schools a good run for it, Rosli pointed out.
However, Rosli explained that his charges were excited about the outing when they learned about it on the eve of the event.
This is about the closest that they will get to the prestigious trophy. It is an opportunity of a lifetime, Rosli said.
Last year, SMK Cochrane lifted the Kuala Lumpur Schools Sports Council (MSSKL) Pudu Zone Football Championships boys Under-15 and Under-18 titles.
Hopefully, they will be inspired and motivated to well this year after what they have seen here today, added Rosli.
SMK Cochrane boy's Under-18 captain Mohd Rafeeq Mohd Razali was happy to share the occasion with his teammates.
I will be cheering Brazil in the World Cup. It is exciting to watch Brazil play because of the players' individual ball control and flair, said Rafeeq, 17.
Twenty national junior Under-16 players from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) also took part in the event.
The students were entertained with the Fifa World Cup football commemorative 3D movie before getting their pictures taken with the trophy. Among other activities lined up for the students include 2006 Fifa World Cup computer games, foosball and face painting with information on the football event also on display.
The trophy will be touring 31 cities around 29 countries before heading to Germany.
It is a satisfying experience having the rare opportunity to get up close to the trophy, said Kadri Taib.
The opening match between host Germany and Costa Rica in Munich on June 9 will kick off the month long celebration of the beautiful game. Fans around the globe will definitely be anticipating the outcome of the final on July 9 in Berlin.
A total of 32 teams will be vying to capture the coveted trophy.