It was probably the most exciting polo match in Malaysian history!
Malaysia’s polo team, led by Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin, went up against Brunei, led by Prince Mateen of Brunei (Pangiran Muda Abdul Mateen Bolkiah) in 2017 KL SEA Games’ opening polo match.
Aside from Khairy Jamaluddin, team Malaysia comprised of Shaik Reismann Mohamed Ismail, Muhammad Faizal Abu Bakar, Abdul Rashid Hasnan, Amran Selamat, Tengku Ahmad Shazril Ezzani Tengku Suleiman, and Mohd Zulhelmi Nadzar.
Together, led by Malaysia’s most popular minister, they outclassed Brunei to emerge winners of the first polo match.
Team Malaysia were off to a strong start and were already leading 2-1 in the first chukka. They held on to their lead and were up 8-2 by the third chukka.
Brunei, led by Prince Mateen — tried to catch up with the hosts –but to no avail. Ultimately, Brunei were defeated 12-4 by an enthusiastic team Malaysia by the end of the 4th chukka.
— Team Malaysia (@TeamMsia) August 22, 2017
*A polo match is divided into timed periods called chukkas/chukkers. Each ‘chukka’ is seven minutes long.