Sunday, January 2, 2011

Malaysia declares national holiday for AFF champion

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has declared Friday (Dec 31) a national holiday to celebrate his country`s football team`s success in winning the Asean Football Federation (AFF) championship.

Najib congratulated the Malaysia football team for beating the Indonesia an aggregate victory of 4-2 at the Bung Karno Sports Satium in Jakarta on Wednesday (Dec 29). "Those men have made us proud and we should take benefit from this victory to improve Malaysian football," Najib said in his statement to Bernama Malysian News Agency.

In the second league final, Indonesia won 2-1 against Malaysia, however it couldn`t bring Indonesia to be the champion because Malaysia was superior with 3-0 in the first final league. It was for the first time for Malaysia to win the AFF Championship, better known as Tiger Cup, after Vietnam won the trophy in 2008.

Malaysian striker, Mohd Safee bin Mohd Sali, was acclaimed as the top scorer during AFF Championship 2010 with five goals, where three of them were scored through Indonesian team`s goals and the other two to Vietnam. But Indonesian captain, Firman Utina, was crowned as the best player during the tournament.

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