Sunday, 31 October 2010

The Red Warriors

They come for a state which is known for many things. The cradle of Malay culture, passion for politics as such that state government could be booted out of office if they failed the people and great food. I am describing the state of Kelantan, the state where the newly crowned 2010 Malaysian Cup champions comes from.

Known fondly as the Red Warrior with the battle cry "Gome Kelate Gomo" or "Fight Kelantan Fight", the Kelantanese soccer team finally found its glory when it beat Negeri Sembilan 2-1 in the Malaysian Cup final last night. Ironically, it was Negeri Sembilan that denied Kelantan an early glory as champions last year when Kelantan lost 1-3 to that team in last year's final. 

What is intriguing is that for the second time a team whose state has just seen a new King been proclaimed won the Malaysian Cup in the last two years. Coincidence? Well, for the skeptics, the fact that Kelantan scored the equaliser when a key Negeri Sembilan defender was treated at the side line seems interesting enough! Notwithstanding that, I don't think it is fair to deny Kelantan the glory it deserves.

Kelantanese are very serious when they are serious. Judging from the behavior of the ever fanatic Red Warrior supporters, the state has a lot of potential, if properly coordinated and directed at the right course. Sometimes, their passion could lead into events which we would like to avoid such as damages to property (which happened especially when Kelantan lost). 

It would be great if this year's success could be maintained if not enhanced in future years. It would be interesting to observe the response from the state government towards this championship as the Kelantan Football Association is headed by the group from the opposing political side. After all, Wayang Kulit, or shadow play is well preserved in the Kelantanese culture.

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