Tuesday, 2 November 2010

congratulations cardiff city!

A Malaysian celebration as Cardiff City beats Norwich City

Malaysian supporters with the Jalur Gemilang during the match between Cardiff City Football Club and Norwich City at the Cardiff City Stadium yesterday.
LONDON: There was unmistakably a mood of celebration Malaysian-style that pervaded the Cardiff City Stadium yesterday when Malaysian-owned Cardiff City Football Club beat Norwich City with an impressive 3-1.

Cardiff City Stadium had never seen such a big contingent of Malaysian supporters in their national costumes, waving the Jalur Gemilang.

Another first was the announcements in Bahasa Malaysia as well as in Welsh and English.

To add to the jubilant mood, a Malaysian mascot, 5-year-old Isaad Nabil, in his baju Melayu, songkok and sampin, walked proudly beside Craig Bellamy, much to the delight of the spectators.

According to his father, Taufiq Shamsuddin, a PhD scholar at the University of Cardiff, Isaad was so excited that he could not sleep the night before the match.

Taufiq, from the Malaysian Students Society of Cardiff, had helped organise the gathering of Malaysian supporters from Cardiff University, Glamorgan and University of Wales Institute of Cardiff.

They came with their families and were certainly not disappointed with the outcome.

According to Taufiq, local Cardiff City fans were grateful for the enormous support from the Malaysian fans and by the financial support that would resolve the problem of the RM9.9 million in taxes that the club owed.

The money would also help to restructure the club's massive debts. The takeover by Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Datuk Chan Tien Ghee had earned the blessings of thousands of Cardiff City fans.

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