Takraw is a rattan ball
It is played by kicking it to maintain the ball from touching the ground
Hence we have sepak takraw a ball kicked by three playes on each side of the court and whichever side drops the ball fifteen or twenty one times is the losing team
Likewise we have bola sepak (foot ball) played by 11 players on each side of the field by kicking it around to enter the goal post of the other side.
sepak takraw & bola sepak are names of Malay ball games
Notice the alternating patterns simply shows a language that defy strict order of rules as you would notice in pisang goreng as noun and goreng pisang as verb yet mistaken to be the noun by many
sepak takraw is also known as sepak raga
the game is also recorded in Malay Annals or Sejarah Melayu in which an episode has the story of the son of an aristocrat’s takraw or raga hitting the headpiece of the king crown prince which gave rise to an internal conflict caused the crown prince to lose his future throne …at that time.