Football: Public holiday declared in Kelantan a day after Malaysia FA Cup final

LionsXII defender Madhu Mohana (left) and Kelantan striker Emmanuel Kenmogne. The LionsXII will face Kelantan in what will be a highly-anticipated Malaysian FA Cup final at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur this Saturday, and a state public hol
LionsXII defender Madhu Mohana (left) and Kelantan striker Emmanuel Kenmogne. The LionsXII will face Kelantan in what will be a highly-anticipated Malaysian FA Cup final at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur this Saturday, and a state public holiday on Sunday was declared by Kelantan Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob to allow Kelantan fans to return in comfort after watching the final. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER FILE 

The LionsXII will face Kelantan in what will be a highly-anticipated Malaysian FA Cup final at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur this Saturday, and a state public holiday on Sunday was declared by Kelantan Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob to allow Kelantan fans to return in comfort after watching the final.

He said in a statement published by Malaysian news agency Bernama: "The Kelantan state government is prioritising the safety of Kelantan football supporters who will watch the match in Kuala Lumpur."

He also called for motorists travelling up to Kuala Lumpur to observe road safety on their travels.

According to FA Cup final organising chairman Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah, Kelantan fans will also be able to purchase their tickets at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium from Wednesday.

The LionsXII supporters can do so at Jalan Besar Stadium from Thursday. A total of 30,000 tickets have been allocated to fans of each side, according to Bernama.

Kelantan had made the final courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate win against Pahang FA. Coming from 1-0 down in the first leg, they overcame their rivals 3-1 at home last Saturday, setting up the clash with the LionsXII.

The LionsXII progressed into the final courtesy of the away goals rule after their 4-4 aggregate score with Terengganu.