KUALA LUMPUR: The mad rush for the AFF Cup final tickets almost ended in chaos at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday with some fans needing medical attention due to exhaustion.
A large group of fans gathered at the venue on Saturday night, some even setting up tents in rows towards several ticketing counters for Tuesday’s final first leg match between Malaysia and Vietnam.
With 40,000 tickets already snapped up via online a day before, the remaining 40,000 allocation were sold at the venue and also at Wisma FAM (in Kelana Jaya) and the Al-Ikhsan in Putrajaya.
Ticket counters at the National Stadium shut their doors 30 minutes after it was opened at 10am.
Several fans who were queuing at counter A of the stadium fainted and they needed medical attention while some vent their frustration after failing to purchase tickets.
Malaysian fan, Shahrizal Ramli said he was the first in line at one of the ticket counters at the National Stadium.
“I have been here since Saturday morning. I spent nearly 24 hours here just for tickets,” said Shahrizal, who is from Petaling Jaya, on Sunday.
“It was slightly chaotic here but I was lucky as I was the first in line in the queue. I am excited and eager to watch the match.”
Siblings, Hamid, 17, and Shaqyra Karim, 15, brought blankets and pillows with them to queue for tickets on Saturday.
“I wasn’t at the stadium when Malaysia won the 2010 edition as I was only nine years old then. It is a great feeling to get tickets for the match,” said Hamid.
However, a disgruntled Khairul Abd Rahman criticised the FA of Malaysia (FAM) for opening only four ticket counters.
“The national body should have opened more counters. It was chaotic because FAM did not think of a better system to sell tickets.
“We are here to buy tickets and support the national team, but FAM treated us like rubbish today,” said Khairul.