Friday, July 29, 2011

Feeling the Blues

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Malaysian football fans will have noticed that our national footballers (a.k.a. Tigers) are feeling bluesy lately – coach K Rajagopal had gone bonkers because he made a weird decision to have his players trade their traditional yellow and black stripes for a blue jersey instead.

For the ignorant, yellow and black are the national team’s home colors while blue, red and white are their away colors. So yesterday’s decisive game at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium between Malaysia’s Tigers and Singapore Lions for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Asian Qualifiers Round Two should see us in yellow – but nope, we were decked in broody blue.

What was Rajagopal trying to prove? Why did he discard yellow? Was he proclaiming his servitude to the BN government? Is it because yellow is Bersih and blue is BN? He should have paid heed to the advice given by Prof James Chin of Monash University, i.e. stick to coaching instead of dabbling in politics. I am making sense, aren’t I? If you are still doubtful, tell me have you seen a blue tiger?

Image credit: The Star Online, July 28, 2011

Anyway, if Rajagopal did suffer from Najib-induced schizophrenia, then I was right to worry for the national team with this jerk in the driver’s seat. And as we all know, in spite of vociferous Malaysian support, our national team could only manage a 1-1 draw with Singapore – which meant that the latter won 6-4 on aggregate. [Singapore held the advantage, thanks to a 5-3 first leg win at their Jalan Bandar Stadium last Saturday]. And if you've watched the game, you'll agree that the Tigers didn't show any sense of urgency at all.

For the record, Malaysia began competing in the World Cup qualifying rounds in 1974 and we have never progressed beyond the second round – last night represented our eleventh attempt. Simply put, we are just not good enough! And Rajagopal is not helping matters with his ‘blue’ joke! Today, for sure, a lot of Malaysians will definitely be feeling the blues!

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