Sabah lost its first away game, losing 3-1 to Sime Darby with the solitary Sabah goal scored by new import Koh Traore.
Sabah opened their 2013 M-League campaign with a win over newcomer KL SPA Putrajaya, played in the evening in Likas Stadium today.
All three goals were scored by Sabah players, with 2 goals coming from Shahrul Azhar Ture (5th, pen 72) and import Rhys David Weston scoring an own goal on the 28th minute.
Sabah have to play all of their matches this season in the evening as the floodlights is having some problem with a few of its lights, thus not producing the minimum required brightness on the pitch.
Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah Football Association has finally released the names of the 16 local players who are to register with the M-League team next season.
Veteran striker Zainizam Marjan is still being retained together with senior defenders Rosdin Wasli and Alto Linus, midfielders Shahrul Azhar Ture, Sumardi Hajalan, Radzi Mohd Hussin and Shahrudin Yakup as well as third choice goalkeeper Irwan Jamil and striker Juffry Omopor, all from last season’s squad.
Sabah have confirmed their first import, Welsh player Rhys David Weston who recently captained Scottish club Dundee United to a second place finish in the SPL 2011/12 First Division.
He arrived in Kota Kinabalu yesterday and was greeted by head coach David McCreery. He attended a one-week trial a few weeks ago and went back to England. His arrival probably brought a huge sigh of relief to SAFA.
Hopefully his experience can guide Sabah promotion to the Super League next season.
Kota Kinabalu: Goalkeeper Azizon Abd Kadir admitted he left the State with a heavy heart as he and his family flew back to Kuala Lumpur on Sunday evening.
The Perak-born custodian was one of the 15 players whose contracts were not renewed by the Sabah Football Association after three years with the team.