Sunday, November 8, 2009

Malaysia Cup final - a review

Nazrul Erwan Makmor (right) fails to stop Shahurain's piledriver following Zamri Ramli's fatal error. The Star

Hairuddin Omar made a run from the blindside to head home the second goal, with Zamri failing to track him.

All roads to the National Stadium were congested as early as 4.0pm

Hafizal Hamad, Zainal Abidin Rawop, Azraai Khor Abdullah and Izwan Mohd Nor kicked off the final episode of Wisel Penamat@TV1 for the 2009 season without loose cannon

No more Hijau Kuning for Azraai Khor Abdullah...now its Hitam Kuning

The Wisel Penamat production team bid farewell to 2009...

Some people could not understand loose cannon's message, either in this blog or in other discussion boards in the cyberworld, in picking Kelantan to win the Malaysia Cup final.

Its purely for sentimental reasons and the impact it would have created in harnessing a football culture which in turn can only benefit the whole country. Except for a few in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan winning the Cup makes little difference to the overall landscape, but it does in Kelantan's case.

Admittedly, Negeri were the better side on paper and in action. Picking them to win the final is akin to eating rice. Senang.

The winning coach and skipper are loose cannon's fellow Johoreans, while another Johor chap, Idris Karim was one of Claude Le Roy's favourites that he was deployed in the Makelele role at the age of 19 against the likes of Brazil, England and Angola in the Toulon Invitational tournament in 1995.

Loose cannon is known to the twins' father, Abdul Radzak Salleh, who hails from Kulim, while his sons - Aidil Zafuan and Zaquan Adha - were students of loose cannon's wife at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).

Malaccan-born Shukor Adan and Terengganu lad Hairuddin Omar are loose cannon's personal friends since they first burst into the scene more than a decade ago. Also the first journalist to know Wan Jamak Hassan would quit as the national team coach even before the 1997 SEA Games was - LOOSE CANNON!

Now for sure the Cup will be paraded from Paroi to Tampin but the passion and appreciation would have been greater if the Cup was to be taken from Bachok to Kubang Kerian to Tumpat and back to Kota Bharu. The whole State would be gripped with football fever!

Back to the final:

Tactics

In Wisel Penamat@TV1, loose cannon expressed his suprise that Sathianathan opted for a rookie striker to spearhead a 4-3-3 formation, Nizad Ayub being flanked by Nor Farhan Mohammad on the right and recently crowned the league's MVP, Indra Putra Mahayuddin. Norisham Hassan, Daudsu Jamaluddin and Khairan Eroza Razali were the midfield triumvirate but coach B. Sathianathan, in the live phone conversation with the panellists, corrected loose cannon by pointing out that it was in fact a 4-1-4-1 formation.

Compare Kelantan's midfield with Negeri Sembilan's 4-4-2, where Rezal Zambery Yahya and Idris stoking the engine room with flankers Shahurain on the right and S. Kunanlan on the left combining well with youngster Aliff Shamsuddin and veteran Ching Hong Aik respectively.

Loose cannon said the difference between the two teams was Zaquan who on his own created panic among the four Kelantan defenders - right back Farisham Ismail, centre-backs Rizal Fahmi Rosid and Nazrul Erwan Makmor as well as left-back Zamri Ramli.

At the back Zaquan's twin Aidil did all the cleaning up, made easier by Nizad's inexperience, with Shukor providing his assured presence.

GOAL no 1 (19th minute) - On a wet pitch, a defender cannot afford to lose concentration. Zamri did as he failed to trap the ball just outside the box and without having to touch the ball first, Shahurain's piledriver silenced the 60,000-odd Kelantan supporters.

Crucial moment - when Indra broke free on the left in the 24th minute, keeper Farizal Harun rushed to close the gap and block the striker's shot.

GOAL no 2 - Hairuddin, if you'd remember, outjumped John Terry to nod in Malaysia's solitary goal against Chelsea in 2003. He is an aerial threat to any opposing defence. An international since 1998 by making his debut with the national Under-19 side in the Asian tourney at Johor Bahru, Hairuddin knew how to make runs from the blind side. Zamri's mistake was not to track his run when Zaquan delivered the cross. Game over. With Kelantan having to chase the game through Khalid Jamlus and Che Hishamuddin Hassan's entry as substitutes, there were gaps for Negeri to exploit.

GOAL no 3 - Even if one is to dispute the decision, Zamri made contact with Shahurain as the latter fell inside the box and the penalty was duly converted by Zaquan, who has had the advantage of playing for the country since the age of 15.

GOAL no 4 - Unforgettable goal on a forgettable night for Indra as his free-kick from 20m sailed past Farizal.

p/s Kelantan fans need to be educated. Tan Sri Annuar Musa told loose cannon last week, he would be looking into conducting educational programs for the fans. They must learn to channel their passions in a way that is helpful and positive for the team.

20 comments:

GombakRock said...

salam brader rizal...
kawan2 saya sume pelik kenapa saya seorang "merah kuning ultra" mengharapkan kemenangan buat kelantan semalam...tambahan pula saya turun ke stadium semalam bersama member saya orang tanah merah(memberi sokongan moral kpd mereka yg baru kembali berjinak2 dgn bola tempatan..haha)...
disini saya 100% bersependapat dgn brader rizal..."spillover effects" ke atas bolasepak tempatan lebih banyak jika kelantan yang menang semalam...
akan tetapi negeri sembilan bermain dengan lebih cemerlang semalam dan sememangnya lebih layak menjulang piala malaysia 2009...tahniah N9!!!

pakmat said...

..salam lc,,
..for a moment there the fans were taken on a dream..right up to the starting whistle..where the dream ended..like cheap paint, the rain washed away that dream..and this old man did get to see the passion or the flair..just some kampong boys struggling on the grass..insipid is not the word...flaccid is more apt..the crowd is left gasping..but the boys just could bring it up..as the upper tiers left the stadium..this coot left for bed..

Anonymous said...

as usual, Loose Cannon's prediction salah hehehe

Fowler is God but Torres is the new Almighty

ps: got tennis tickets ah?

Pakmat2 said...

saya setuju dgn pakmat...kampung boys struggling on the grass. game boring giler!

Anonymous said...

kelantan fans will never learn lah bro,..I pitty Tan Sri Annuar, he put a lot of effort to establish KAFA..

Tp some or maybe mostly Kelantanese fans,..dosen't seem to appreciate that.

Nanti yang kena,..Kafa juga..

Come on penyokong kelate, matang lah sikit beb!! yang merana kalo korang buat kecoh, team korang gak..Susah sgt ke tak bakar mercun bila masuk stadium??!!

ganu kito said...

perlawanan yg sungguh membosankan!

pakmat said...

corrections, lc..this coot disappointment affects his typing..what I meant to say was.."and this old man did not get to see the passion or the flair..just some kg. boys struggling on the grass..the crowd is left gasping..but the boys just could not bring it up.."

..sorry, lc..the best of minds are sometimes let down by the little fingers..:)

Kedah 4eva said...

gua sokong pakmat...hidup pakmat

yb kj said...

pakmat benar...we did not get to see the passion or the flair..just some kg. boys struggling on the grass...memang tepat!!!

Anonymous said...

Salam semua. Stuck dlm jem 4 1 hour b4 finally reached Std Bkt Jalil. Prkg alhamdulillah dpt mudah sbb ada Sticker 'C' yang disediakan oleh sekretariat FAM. Tahniah Pak Polisi kerana berjaya mengawal lalu lintas utk ke Stadium dgn lancar. Masa menuju ke pintu masuk stadium dah kedengaran meletup sana sini diikuti oleh sorak sorai. SAH! Kini aku berada di 'medan perang' macam di Tebing Barat atau di Kabul atau di Baghdad. Apa la penonton2 ni tak faham - faham dengan peraturan yang ditetapkan. Bab ni aku nak salahkan Pak Polisi dgn FAM kerana tak mengambil berat masalah 'penyeludupan' bahan letupan ke dalam stadium. Masa zaman Dunhill jadi penaja, ada event kat luar yang membuatkan penyokong relaks sikit sementara nak masuk dalam. Skrg Sykt Telco...emm.. keluar la ckit belanja buat something kpd peminat2di luar Stdium. Mana pihak penguasa ketika penyokong menyerbu masuk dan memecahkan pintu pagar? Apasal tak berani nak sembur air kuning atau hantar anjing penyurai rusuhan? Pengalaman menyaksikan Piala Dunia dan Kejohanan Eropah memerlukan 3 tahap pemeriksaan, sampai kat 'part' alat sulitpun dia orang check. Kat sini??? Sinsitif beb!!! Itulah akibatnya semua yang menyaksikan final samada di stadium atau di rumah pasti tak senang duduk dibuatnya dek gelagat penyokong2 team jersi merah. Tolonglah!!!! Ubah lah perangai!!!! Tolonglah bertamadun sedikit bila pergi tengok bola. Apakah anda semua berbangga apabila perangai dan negeri anda terutamanya, dikutuk dan dicaci satu Malaya? Mungkin itulah hukum karma kerana tak bersopan di stadium team anda tewas. Hormatilah mereka yang ingin menyaksikan permainan di padang. Hormatilah Tan Sri Anuar atau MB, Tok Guru Nik Aziz yang sama-sama berusaha keras menjaga imej orang Cik Siti Wan Kembang ni. Mungkin pemain - pemain terganggu dengan acara di tempat duduk sehingga menyebabkan mereka mainpun tak berapa hebat sangat. Memang final semlm bukan klasik. Semua pemain 'star' tenggelam tetapi budak JC 29 Nogori, Alif dan Shahurain tu cukup menonjol, gitu jugak dgn 2 budak Johor, Rezal & Ideris. Kelantan kurang pengalaman pada 'big stage' tu sebab tak mampu nak bangkit. Apa sekalipun (pinjam 'magic words' Azrai Khor) final 7/11/09 tetap hambar. Mungkin kalau ada import boleh tambah sengat dan kualiti kepada permainan. So kita tunggu je musim depan Kelantan mampu bangkit atau Wan season wander utk Wan Jamak dan Negeri Sembilan. Maaf kalau terkasar bahasa tetapi sekadar mahu lepaskan perasaan geram dan tak puas hati kat stadium semalam. Wassalam

XABI ALONSO
LARKIN

Anonymous said...

Laaa...apo lah nak dicomplain akhir ni boring lak?...Yo baghu main 46 menet dah jaring 2-0..Kalau den coach pun den sure suruh player absorb yo sorangan-sorangan Kelantan...mako boringlah 44 menet selanjut eh. Yo kelantan moh satu...nak score nunggu menet ke 93...Anyway, it was good to see familiar faces lam penyokong2 N9 semalam. Nek moyang ghamai muko-muko lamo den nampak. Ni bukan fair weather or band wagon fans ni...ini dari zaman sekolah maghin maso Nogori main kek Stadium Perbandaran laie...heheh...Hobin Jang Hobin!

mAtroCk said...

PETIKAN STAR ONLINE:
PETALING JAYA: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) are expected to take stern action against Kelantan for their fans’ unruly behaviour during the Malaysia Cup final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday.

FAM general secretary Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad said Sultan Ahmad Shah, the FAM president, had expressed his displeasure after watching the untoward incidents on television.

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Seperti selalu dan biasa kita dengar, nama Sultan sekali lagi digunakan. Tak perlulah gunakan nama baginda sebab hasrat untuk mengambil tindakan terhadap KAFA tidak boleh dilakukan.

Mungkin kerana kecewa dengan apa yang berlaku, FAM bingkas bangun kononnya akan mengambil tindakan.
Pihak berkenaan sengaja ingin memperbodohkan kita... bukankah tanggung jawab dalam semua hal final itu di bawah tanggung jawab FAM termasuklah soal2 keselamatan?
Mengapa pula KAFA harus dipersalahkan. Jika nak hukum, hukumlah FAM sendiri....

Itulah, lain kali jangan terlalu mudah menghukum FA negeri apabila berlaku insiden2 yang buruk kononnya kawalan keselamatan tidak tegas. Sekarang kena pada batang hidung sendiri barulah nak melatah...

Jangan kerana nak menutup kelemahan diri sendiri hingga sanggup memperbodohkan orang ramai

Renjuna said...

Yes ...

Totally agreed with Mat Rock ... the problem arise when FAM did not have a proper program ( maybe for two days ) and the security on the event day is very very loose. (and especially during and after the game...sbb banyak kejadian yang tak dilaporkan telah berlaku)

And the game .. very-very hambar and again agreed with Pak Mat... macam orang kampung main bola .... maybe we need someone like hiddink that will turn our fortune ... or this the 'karma' for our Football managemnt/ authority which still terikat dengan person who like football but not internallised and yet to have passion for the game.

Kelantan: kekalahan ini bukan lah sesuatu yang memalukan tetapi gelagat penonton yang lebih terasa (segelintir)... bila la kita kat malaysia ni boleh tengok bola dengan rival sebelah menyebelah sambil sorakan dan tepukan saja dalam tempoh 90 minit tersebut..

N9 : Tahniah dan jumpa lagi tahun depan dengan skuad kijang masih lagi akan membayangi anda ... InsyaAllah..

LC : Hope you're can maximise the content of this blog with special entry ( let say 4 article/week) on Malaysia Football to give more education and publicity for malaysian that there is a light at the end the tunnel for Malaysia's football

LASTLY : KUDOS TO ALL YANG SUPPORT OUR LOCAL FOOTBALL EVENTHOUGH RASA PAYAU SIKIT COMPARED TO BPL, SERIE A OR PRIMERA LIGA

1Malaysia said...

Next time get your formation right la, don't pakai tembak saja. So all this while you tipu penonton la.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Loose Cannon, Really exciting read your commentary of the Malaysia cup. Pity Kelantan did not win, or else PakMat will give a double shot gun salute from his trusty shotgun...and celebrate at Pak Ya's at Pantai Irama, ha ha.

I guess the last time I saw a Malaysia cup, I think wayyy back in the 70's.
What happened to Selangor? Or Perak? Eliminated early?
Good commentary, LC, have fun, Lee.

rizal hashim said...

Gombak Rock, benar NS lebih berhak menang! Syabas juga kepada penyokong Kelantan yang bersih. Kepada yang spoil satu keraian bola sepak malaysia dengan membakar kerusi dan merusuh, tak payah lah lagi datang ke stadium.

Pak Mat, your fingers are in their best form of life, keying in words that could be foreign to some of us! Andropause or no!

Renjuna, blog kecil ini tidak akan mampu mengubah apa-apa, terima kasih kerana cadangan bernas. LC akan cuba!

Uncle Lee, Selangor advanced to the quarterfinals but they lost to Terengganu. They however had earlier lifted the FA Cup and the Super League title.

Perhaps I shall rekindle some of your memories in future postings, Tan Sri Lee! Football here needs your marketing expertise! You can sell the world, Tan Sri! Keep dancing to the tune!

Anonymous said...

aku setuju dengan alonso dan mastro
KENAPA KE KAFA PERLU DI PERSALAHKAN ATAS TINDAKKAN PENONTON, MENGAPA FAM TAK DI PERSALAHKAN ,PERLU KITA INGAT YANG MANA PEMINAT KELANTAN SUDAH BERADA DI STADIUM SEJAK PAGI SABTU LAGI (YANG MANA MEREKA TERUS KE STADIUM DARI KELANAN)

SUASANA DI KELILING STADIUM TAK ADA KAWALAN KESELAMATAN YANG SEPATUTNYA

PUKUL 5 TAK ADA ORANG YANG BUKAK PINTU STADIUM HARI DAH HUJAN, POLIS PUN TAK ADA KAT PINTU MASUK. TEMPAT BERTEDUH PUN KURANG SO NAK MASUK STADIUM TAK ADA ORG KAT PINTU.

PINTU MASUK SEBELAH HIJAU JE, PINTU KUNING , MERAK TUTUP, FAM TAK AMBIL KIRA KE YANG TIKET ORG KELANTAN YANG BANYAK BELI, DAN TAK AMBIL KIRA KE YANG TIKET DAH 85000 HABIS JUAL, KENAPA TAK BUKA SEMUA PINTU ATAU PUN SAJA NAK SURUH KAMI ORG KELANTAN MEMBERONTAK SUPAYA SENANG KAFA KENA DENDA

KAMI ORANG KELANTAN PUN ORG MALAYSIA YANG BERTAMADUN DAN TAHU PERATURAN SO KALAU KAMI DI TEKAN TAK KAN SURUH KAMI JADI TIKUS SENYAP JE, KESIAN LAH KAMI SAMPAI KENA PANJAT PAGAR SUPAYA KAMI DAPAT MASUK DENGAN CEPAT SEBAB HUJAN

WAHAI ORG FAM CUBALAH GUNA AKAN AKAL FIKIRAN YANG TUHAN KURNIAKAN KEPADA KITA, INGATKAN LAH KAMI YANG DATANG DARI JAUH NAK TENGOK PERLAWANAN AKHIR DENGAN PENUH SEMANGAT KESUKANAN DAN DENGAN AMAN, TAPI KAMI DI SEKSA DAN DI DUGA

JANGAN TENGOK KAIN ORANG YANG COMPANG CAMPING DAN SINGKAT, TAPI TENGOK LAH KAIN SENDIRI YANG BERTAMPUNG DAN SINGKAT DI SANA SINI

KALAU TAK TAHU JAGA SATU PERSATUAN LETAK JAWATAN BAGI KAT ORANG YANG NAK BUAT KERJA, KALAU DUDUK LAMA-LAMA DAN ASYIK BANGGA DENGAN APA YANG DI BUAT SELAMA INI LANGSUNG TAK NAK BERUBAH BAIK JANGAN JADI MANUSIA


ORG KAWEA

muka merah said...

Mengapa KAFA harus dipersalahkan? Bukankah final itu di bawah kelolaan FAM?

Benar, kita bersetuju ada klause yang membolehkan mengambil tindakan kpd pasukan yang penyokongnya dikenalpasti melakukan kesalahan. Tapi apa bukti sahih yang menyatakan penyokong berbaju merah itu penyolong Kelantan?

Menghukum KAFA juga bukan jalan penyelesaian. FAM harus belajar dari kesilapan ini (walaupun telah banyak kali kerosakan dan kesilapan) yang berlaku sebelum ini.

Menhukum Kelantan bermakna, menang jadi abu, kalah jadi arang.

Para bijak pandai org2 kelana jaya harus memikirkan tindakan dalam situasi menang-menang.

Anonymous said...

bro sume .... agak2 nya orang FAM especially Dato' SA ada ke baca column nie??????

Berbuih lah bagi pendapat ... Haram tak peduli ...

Nasib Bolasepak Malaysia

Anonymous said...

Sdra Rizal,

I love your review.

Sathianathan was so lacking in tactics for the passionate Kelantan team.

One up to Wan Jamak and the NS boys.

Pity Kafa, TS Annuar Musa and most of the fanatic Kelantan fans.

And FAM should be punished heavily for such poor security throughout the Malaysia Cup final.

The FAM Secretary General's remark was so disgusting.

It was not a matter of 100 or 10,000 policemen around but how you, FAM, manage it from the start at the Bukit Jalil stadium.

Cheers to Loose Cannon, jeers to FAM!


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