KUALA LUMPUR: The 21st edition of the FA Cup final between Kedah and Negri Sembilan was not short of excitement and colour even though the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil was only half-full.
It was in stark contrast to the previous final between Selangor and Kelantan, which was played to a full house of almost 90,000 spectators last year.
Only 50,000 fans made it to the “Wembley” of Malaysia to support their respective teams.
Surprisingly, it was the die-hard fans from the North who seem to outnumber their rivals with banners from Padang Serai, Pendang, T.T. Teras, Kg Telok Jamat, Kg Tanjung Musang, Kg Jernang FC, Kubur Panjang.
There was one eye-catching banner from a Food Court businessman “Yu-Ng Tau Foo” from Sg Petani.
It was obvious the Kedah fans had made the long journey and arrived early at the Stadium while the Negri fans, barely an hour’s drive away, checked in later.
The Negri fans also came with their famous “Hobin Jang Hobin” battle-cry banners hoping for the Deer to win their second FA Cup title in the 20-year tournament.
The yellow hue was evident in the stadium. The Negri fans came in their yellow-red jerseys while the Canaries fans were decked in their traditional “Hijau Kuning” colours.
The Armed Forces band also entertained the fans with their catchy tunes before the kick-off.
Related Story: Keeper the hero for Negri as they edge Kedah in shootout