KUANTAN: Thousands of football fans thronged the ticket counters outside the Darul Makmur Stadium here today, in high anticipation of the FA Cup quarter-final first-leg match between Pahang and Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) Saturday night.
Fans braved the scorching hot weather and spent hours in long queues in their bid to get tickets for the match.
Eight ticket counters, including one solely for women, were only opened at 3pm although some had gathered in front of the counters as early as 1.30pm.
Things momentarily got out of hand when some impatient fans tried to jump queue but Pahang Football Association staff and policemen who were on duty managed to bring the situation under control.
All 10,000 tickets were sold out at about 5.15pm while the remaining 15,000 tickets will be on sale tomorrow from 10am onwards.
Football fan Faridah Yusof, 40, said the situation was quite chaotic especially with fans standing in long lines outside the stadium for the tickets not knowing if they will be able to buy them.
“Luckily, there was a dedicated counter for women and I managed to buy them just before the counter was closed.
“Some fans who were standing behind me were told to return tomorrow morning to buy the tickets,” said the mother-of-two.
College student Sani Abdullah, 19, said he will have to take turns with his friends to stand in line tomorrow morning after they missed the chance to get the tickets today.
“We will come early and take turns to stand in the line. Maybe as early as 7am,” he said.
During the Super League fixture between both teams at the Larkin Stadium on March 3, JDT beat Pahang 3-2.