But the result turned out in favour of the fitter Kelantan side, with Zami Mohd Nor bagging a late winner after Asmawi Bakiri had levelled the score for Selangor from the penalty spot after Zainuddin Ariffin had given Kelantan the lead in the first half.
The 2-1 result, however, wasn't the main purpose of the match, as Malek described.
"It has been a long time since we all gathered for a football match. Some of the former players are still in football while the rest have moved on to greener pastures," said Malek.
"With the suffering in Palestine, we thought it would be a good idea if all of us gathered to do our part in aid of the cause.
"Certainly it is nice to see all the big names of yesteryear like Dollah, Azman, Zahasmi (Ismail), Hashim Mustapha, Salim Mahmud and the rest back on the pitch again.
"Hopefully, we can all come together again in the future to do our part to help contribute towards good causes such as these."
The contributions from about 1,000 spectators that turned up for the match were handed to Media Prima representative Abu Bakar Atan.
More than RM5,000 was collected during the match and proceeds will go towards aiding displaced and injured Palestinians in Gaza.
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