The Southeast Asian Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Cup is a tournament called the ‘Southeast Asia World Cup’. However, due to concert preparations, an unfortunate incident occurred where all the spectators could not enter an important home game. This is the story of the Malaysian national team led by coach Kim Pan-gon.
Malaysia will play the first leg of the 2022 AFF Cup semifinal against Thailand at 9:30 pm (hereinafter referred to as Korean time) on the 7th at Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Malaysia, which is facing a tough match against the strong Thailand, has to bet in the first leg to be held at home. However, the situation at home stadium is not helping Malaysia.
This is because some of the stadiums are unavailable due to preparations for the concert, even though the tournament with the highest authority in Southeast Asian football is ahead.
Vietnamese media ‘VN Express’ said on the 7th, “A very large concert is scheduled at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on the 15th. As the stage and flags have already been installed in the stands, about 21,000 spectators will attend the match between Malaysia and Thailand. I can’t take it,” he said. This means that nearly 25% of the stadium’s 80,000 seats are not being utilized.
Thailand, which had a difficult away game ahead, was naturally excited. Thailand coach Mano Polking said at a pre-game press conference, “I’m happy that Malaysia’s home fans have decreased. It’s a good thing for us.”
On the other hand, Malaysian fans were furious at not being able to make the most of the home advantage. Fans voiced criticism, saying, “I gave up on the home game myself.”스포츠토토
Malaysian Sports Minister Hannah Yeo explained, “The schedule from the soccer match to the concert was too tight, so we couldn’t help it. We will try to receive as many spectators as possible within the given circumstances.”