Football mania hits the Klang Valley

June 11, 2010 |

(The New Straits Times, Friday, 11 June 2010 – Streets – Page, 4 )

KUALA LUMPUR: Until the final whistle is blown in South Africa, it is going to be a month of football madness all around the world – the Klang Valley not excepted.

The city is bathed in the colours of the participating countries. Pubs, restaurants, shopping centres and even mamak eateries have got into the act with special promotions adding to the excitement.

There are plenty of fun things to do for one whole month – and you don’t have to be a footie fan to enjoy them. Here are some suggestions:
Enjoy the World Cup with a teh tank and roti canai. Soak in the football mania at your favourite Mamak hangout. Male grooming brand Brylcreem is transforming 11 popular Mamak eateries in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur into football corners.

Waiters will wear jersey-like bibs and caps. Banners add colour to the outlets. There will also be mini football played with miniature balls and goalposts a football juggling competition and speed football played with chairs as goalposts.

Food and beverages with striking names are also being added to the stalls’ regular menu. Try the Roti Cannonball – regular roti canal loaded with cheese – or Mee or Nasi Goreng Bounz – fried rice or noodles prepared with spicy sambal.

The 11 Mamak spots and the times for the special promotions are Restoran Bidara in Sunway (today, 10pm); Restoran A. Malek in Danau Kota (Sunday, 2.30am); Restoran Nasi Kandar Sedap in Dataran Prima (Tuesday, 10pm); Restoran S.A. in Bandar Baru Ampang (Thursday, 10pm); Restoran Patio@9 in USJ 9 (July 2, 10pm); Restoran Khulafa Sec 7 in Shah Alam (July 3, 2.30am); Restoran Lima Bintang in Subang Airport (July 3, 10pm); Restoran Khulafa Sec 20 in Shah Alam (July 4, 2.30am); Restoran NZ Curry House in KLCC (July 7, 2.30am); Restoran Sri Suasana in Kampung Pandan (July 8, 2.30am) and Restoran NZ Curry House in Wangsa Maju (July 12, 2.30am).

World Cup fever has also hit Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Rise to the Shoot-A-Goal challenge to win two doughnuts of your choice.

Two Malaysian football icons, Abbas Saad and Zainal Abidin Hassan, were recently invited to kick off the Shoot-A-Goal challenge at Berjaya Times Square.

“For me the ideal food to go with watching a football game would be anything that is sweet and doughnuts would be a good choice,” said Abbas.

The Shoot-A-Goal challenge will continue throughout the World Cup period. The doughnut company has also introduced football-shaped doughnuts.

The football doughnuts and Krispy Kreme Brew Box set which includes 96oz of coffee are available throughout the World Cup period.

Foodies can head for Etoile Bistro and Flo Lobby Lobby Lounge at Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur to sample some South African dishes from today to July 11.

They can watch the games in high-definition, big screen televisions at Flo Lobby Lounge.

Visit P’riok Steamboat Restaurant in Kelana Jaya today in a football jersey and get a 15 percent discount on the price of the steamboat buffet (RM23.90+).

Just you or one of your groups needs to wear a jersey to get the discount. The discount is redeemable only once per table and is not applicable for a la carte and drink orders.

Cyberjaya’s Prima Avenue will be transformed into World Cup front row seats, thanks to the World Cup Viewing Party organised by Cyberview Sdn Bhd and Prima Properties Sdn Bhd on selected dates at OldTown White Coffee.

Those who buy a dozen doughtnuts will get the chance to try to score a goal from a penalty spot at any Krispy Kreme Doughnuts outlet.

Malaysian football legends Abbas Saad (left) and Zainal Abidin (right) kick off Krispy Kreme’s Shoot-a-Goal challenge.

The popular hangout in Cyberjaya will also host futsal tournaments which will see 32 teams go head-to-head with one another.
Football fans will also get a free kick out of games, football quizzes, and loads of freebies on World Cup match nights. For details, visit or call 03-8024 2687.

Don’t miss the Sunway Pyramid Roaring Kickoff. From now until July 11, join the Greatest Kick contest and stand a chance to win merchandises weekly.
The grand prize is two tickets to South Africa. Redeem soft drinks and pizza and enjoy a free ride of your choice with The Roaring Kick-Off Redemption.

Some Mamak eateries will be transformed into football corners for the World Cup

To participate, spend RM150 and above in a single receipt. On July 11, Astro is holding the Stadium Astro Sokker Safari at Orange Entrance with the screening of the finals, a three-on-three futsal challenge, and South African dance.

For details, visit Delucca the Italian Restaurant is celebrating with live broadcasts, Italian snacks and happy hour wine and beer.

Catch live broadcasts of selected matches and enjoy the exclusive World Cup menu and cocktails. Sports Toto Malaysia Sdn Bhd is staging the Fiesta De Carnival to celebrate the World Cup.

Watch the opening match of South Africa vs Mexico on a giant LED screen measuring 5.5m by 4.3m at 10pm tonight at the Boulevard, Berjaya Times Square.

Watch Friday and Saturday night’s World Cup games at Mark’s Place in Kelana Jaya and be treated like a true VIP.
One lucky draw winner and five friends will be ushered into the VIP area to watch the game and enjoy food and beverages worth more than RM500.

To enter, drop by Malaysian football legends Abbas Saad (left) and Zainal Abidin (right) kick off Krispy Kreme’s Shoot-a-Goal challenge.

Mark’s Place anytime from Mondays to Thursdays and spend a minimum of RM50. Draws are held 30 minutes before each Friday and Saturday night games.

Should you want to be properly kitted out for the occasion, you may want to check out Pull and Bear’s collection of T-shirts and polo shirts.

There are Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, England and Portugal shirts. The round-neck T-shirts are RM69.90 each and the polo shirts RM129.90 each.

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