The Reds clashes at Likas Stadium, Kota Kinabalu recently. Image: The Bruneian

Legendary players from Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC lived up their heydays’ rivalries during the Battle of Reds 2019 exhibition match in Likas Stadium, Kota Kinabalu last night.

As many as 5,000 fans, mainly those of Kinabalu Reds and Sabah Red Devils, and from neighbouring state Sarawak, and Brunei flocked to the stadium to see their former heroes playing in flesh.

The Liverpool Reds featured former greats David James, Dominic Matteo, Emile Heskey, Luis Garcia, Vladimir Smicer, David Thompson, Jermaine Pennant and John Durnin. Phil Babb, Jason McAteer, Paul Walsh, Bjorn Kvarme, Fabio Aurelio, Steve McManaman, Don Hutchinson and Michael Thomas were also in the team.

On the opposite side, Manchester United Reds fielded Teddy Sheringham, Paul Rachubka, Wes Brown, Keith Gillespie, Ben Thornley, Clayton Blackmore, Ronnie Johnsen and Lee Martin. Other players include Eric Djemba Djemba, Russel Beadsmore, Jesper Olsen, Danny Webber, Erik Nevland, Jonathan Greening, Michael Gray and Dwight Yorke.

Also attending the match were Sabah TYT. Tun Datuk Seri Panglima (Dr.) Haji Juhar Datuk Haji Mahiruddin, his spouse Toh Puan Datuk Seri Panglima (Dr.) Hajah Norlidah Tan Sri Datuk R.M. Jasni, Chief Minister of Sabah Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal and other local state ministers.

Both teams traded attacks and passes with players were still looking sharp despite already retired from active games. It was a treat to their fans that came to see them play and display their trademark moves.

The match ended 3-2 to Liverpool with a hattrick from Luis Garcia and one goal each from Danny Webber and Dwight Yorke for Manchester United. Winners received the appreciation medal by Sabah Tun Datuk Seri Panglima (Dr.) Haji Juhar.

The match was a part of World Football Legend event, organized around the globe by gathering former great players of English Premier League clubs. Firm Horizon Sdn Bhd promoted it for the Malaysian round.

Firm Horizon managing director Raymond Fang was elated to bring the legends to Sabah, which offered an opportunity for fans to see their heroes play live.

Former Liverpool legend Luis Garcia stated in his Instagram that he was fond of Kota Kinabalu city for its friendly, diversity populace and fantastic food.

Earlier on November 19, a gala dinner was held in Kota Kinabalu where ecstatic fans had an opportunity to meet and greet their favourite legends. The Goal Fiesta & Bazaar carnival was also held from 17 to 20 November at the stadium compound.

The Bruneian | KOTA KINABALU


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