Diouf: From Hero to Zero

July 29, 2015 by SR Admin | No Comments | Filed in Malaysia, Sabah

Looks like Sabah Football Association (SAFA) has an awkward problem in its hands and it comes from the most unexpected player – its star performer and main attraction El Hadji Diouf.

Fans of the state can already see it coming and it all started after Diouf started to hang around with the JDT team from the Superleague, bonding friendship with their then JDT President and Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

Diouf were even pictured together spending casual time with the rest of the players from the JDT team.

Captain No More: Diouf stripped of his captaincy after misbehaving. [Photo credit Azahari Bugay Reyes]

Captain No More: Diouf stripped of his captaincy after misbehaving. [Photo credit Azahari Bugay Reyes]

Immediately afterwards, Diouf spoke to the press, sowing seeds of discontentment by saying SAFA lack vision for the team. He said that he doesn’t know what the plans is in store for him with the team next year. He went on to say that usually with his other previous teams, he will know where he will be in 2 or 3 years from where he was but not with Sabah.

Diouf’s current contract runs until December 2015 but looks like he can’t wait to get on board with the other team. Reading between the lines he calls SAFA he is calling the team management as inexperienced and lacks understanding in managing a football team.

He gave SAFA another slap in the face when he didn’t show up for training for almost a week after the Hari Raya holidays. He only returned this week much to the anger of the SAFA management who immediately took away his captaincy.

This season was a roller coaster ride for the team and the fans, first they had problems with Andre Esposito though that was arguably caused by themselves who wanted to get rid of him in an unprofessional way. Then they sacked coach George O’Callaghan after only 3 months of employment and just before the season started.

They also removed Singaporean import Fazrul Nawaz who went AWOL during training.

This problem with Diouf however, could be SAFA’s biggest and most embarrassing blunder. It is almost a certainty that Diouf will not be playing for Sabah next season and SAFA has only themselves to blame that they let their star performer go on a free.

In 2016, Diouf will probably be playing in the Superleague with another team while Sabah, whom he was signed up to help them get promotion, is stuck in the Premier League.

 

Football Gives Back to Charities

April 21, 2015 by SR Admin | No Comments | Filed in Misc

Sometimes, the most impressive goals aren’t made on the football pitch but in the community. We’re talking about the series of charitable events that football players participate at in order to make the world a much better place. real-madrid-foundationFrom celebrity charity football events to the Real Madrid Foundation and its vision to help the marginalized people around the world, football players show their never-ending love and support to the community by giving back to the less fortunate.

In order to provide better funds to the charities they support, football teams or players often tie up their events with poker tournaments. One time, Florent Malouda, Jon Obi Mikel, Nicolas Anelka, and Salomon Kalou participated in the Idolo Cup Charity Football Event and raised an undisclosed, yet impressive, amount for the charities they were supporting. SportsAid, on the other hand, works closely with Betfair — an online poker provider and the world’s largest Internet betting exchange that covers anything from football events to political campaigns — in order to raise huge amounts for the financially-challenged children who want to become professional athletes some day. Manchester United also donates to charity often and one time they raised about $15,000 when many of their professional footballers participated in the Road to Old Trafford charity poker event.

Football-poker tie-ups work because both are extremely popular in the eyes of the public. Football clubs need no introduction to their fans and any event sponsored or participated by them is an instant click. Nothing would give fans more pleasure than the chance to actually rub elbows and converse with their favorite players. Poker, on the other hand, remains the most popular card game in the world, with big tournaments like the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour happening in many parts of the world every year.

Becoming successful in sports must feel good but being able to give back probably feels great. Successful football players and clubs give back possibly because of the fulfillment they get from helping the world become a better place, one charity event at a time.

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Andre To Train with Sabah Futsal Team

April 8, 2015 by SR Admin | No Comments | Filed in Misc

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Sabah’s forgotten Brazilian import Andre has been re-assigned to be with the Sabah Futsal Team until his contract with Sabah FA ends. This agreement was reached in a face-to-face meeting between Andre, SAFA Executive Secretary and a lawyer representing SAFA.

It was decided that Andre is not to join the training conducted for the Sabah team and he can now train on his own.

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Fans Want Justice for Andre

March 14, 2015 by SR Admin | No Comments | Filed in Sabah
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Fans telling Sabah Football Association that they know what’s brewing inside #justice4Andre

All is not well within the Sabah FA even though the team is leading the Malaysa Premier League after 5 games. It was bungle one after another for the SAFA Committee an also by CEO (and newcomer to the football scene) Datuk TC Goh.

Earlier in the season they didn’t do their homework when they signed an underqualified player based on Football of Malaysia’s regulations and then having their coach leaving the team just weeks before the season started.

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Sabah 2 – 0 Pahang Kuantan FC

March 14, 2015 by SR Admin | No Comments | Filed in Matches
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Zayed scoring his first goal last night (Photo credit Sabah FA)

 

Eamon Zayed became Sabah’s hero last night when his 2 goals helped Sabah to a 2-0 win over Pahang Kuantan FC in Likas.

With this 3 points, Sabah is now leading the Premier League table after 5 games. The match also saw a small protest over the treatment of the management over the team’s Brazilian import player Andre Esposito. This will be published in another post.

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