SEVERAL former Malaysian footballing greats showed they were still game enough to take the field for a piece of action at the Chinese Recreation Club (CRC) in Penang.
Although age may have caught up with the grand oldies, some of them, who are in their 70s, still showed flashes of brilliance in the game.
Players such as Datuk Jefry Low, the vice president of the Kedah Football Association, former national striker Chen Wooi Haw and Kedah’s renowned midfielder Koet King Heyong were among those featured in the clash.
Other players from the slightly younger generation who took part in the friendly game were former Penang state players Yong Woon Seang, Lim Kok Beng, Ng Chew Beng and Lim Bok Khoon.
Former national skipper Datuk Soh Chin Aun was supposed to take the field but was ruled out in the last minute due to a splitting headache. But he still performed the kick-off for the clash.
The Penang Invitation side ended the showdown with a 2-0 win over the Kedah Invitation outfit, with Yong giving them the lead before Perak’s Lim Yu Po hit home the second from the penalty spot.
Former Malaysian Chinese FA president Lee Soon Huat, who mooted the idea for the friendly clash, said the players came from Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Perak and Kedah.
“It is a gathering of old friends.
“The scoreline was irrelevant as a game of such nature is so hard to come by, especially with our football circle of friends aging fast.
“To be able to play in a friendly before proceeding to a dinner gathering is treasured moments for us players,” said Soon Huat, who himself took to the field for a day of fun.
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