For a time, their cheers worked. Thailand scored first at the four-minute mark in the game at Surakul Stadium in Phuket City, then Burma (Myanmar) fought back. At the seven-minute mark, the scores were equal.
But a great contest it was not to be. By the midway mark, Thailand led 4-1 and went on to seal an effortless 8-1 victory. World Cup 2000 could be a legitimate aim.
As for Myanmar . . . well, there's plenty of development still to be seen on Phuket and the workers are better treated than ever before.
Where once there was a nighttime curfew, workers can now apply for motorcycle licences and a registration procedure now being undertaken will decrease the level of rip-offs.
Football is the great multicultural leveller and last night's match highlighted just how much of a melting pot Phuket has become.