Malaysia declares holiday after Suzuki cup win

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 30 2010 06:04 PM | Updated as of Dec 31 2010 02:04 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Malaysia declares Friday a public holiday to celebrate its victory over Indonesia in the finals of the 2010 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the holiday saying that the victory marked "the greatest night in Malaysian football."

Malaysia beat neighbor Indonesia, 4-2, on aggregate in the 2-match final to win Southeast Asia's premier soccer tournament - for the first time.

Indonesia actually outscored Malaysia in their second finals match at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, 2-1.

The effort made by the Indonesian booters, however, was not enough to overcome the 3-point advantage erected by Malaysia in the first leg.

Malaysia defeated erstwhile champion Vietnam in the semis to make it into the championship round.

Indonesia, on the other hand, disposed of the Philippine Azkals in the other semifinal duel to forge a finals meeting with Malaysia. -- With a report from ANC