In Kuala Lumpur last night (Saturday), Burma won the 15th annual Merdeka soccer tournament with a 1-0 victory over Indonesia.
Play in the first half with the Burmese in all white, the referee being jostled and later refreshed during half-time and brief play in the second half.
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Background: In Kuala Lumpur last night (Saturday), Burma won the 15th annual Merdeka soccer tournament with a 1-0 victory over Indonesia.
The match was played in appalling conditions during a rainstorm and at one stage erupted into fighting.
Burma, last year's runner-up, playing in all-white, took the honours took the 1971 honours because they mastered the water-logged conditions better.
Despite the heavy ground - which deteriorated as the match wore on - the game was played hard and fast. But with the pitch becoming steadily heavier so the game slowed down.
The winning goal came in the 23rd minute. Fifteen minutes later tempers frayed when the Malaysian referee warned an Indonesian for jostling an opponent. The Indonesians surrounded the referee, shouting and jostling him.
The second half - played in a brown, muddy morass - was almost a farce as the ball became heavier and heavier in the deluge and the Burmese held on to take the Tunku Abdul Rahman Cup.