Springboard to better results

Source : New Sabahtimes

KOTA KINABALU: The Rhinos’ first win of the season comes as a great relief for everyone connected to football in Sabah.

The Rhinos, who were winless after 270 minutes of action, made a great comeback to chalk up a 2-1 victory over Kuala Muda Naza on Tuesday.

And what made it even sweeter was that they did it away from home at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Star.

It was Nigerian striker Charles Obi who turned hero for the Rhinos by bagging a brace. He netted the first from the spot to cancel out Christian Carrasco’s opener.

Christian had put the homesters in front with a 20th minute strike, before Sabah were rewarded with the spot kick after Chow Chee Wing was fouled by Mohd Salim Zulkifli inside the penalty box.

Obi had no trouble in converting the spot kick, defeating the hapless Amran Omar.

After the break, Obi dribbled past two defenders and rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home the winner into an empty net in the 74th minute.

“I thought we played much better in our last three games, but there’s no doubt that the players all tried their best in the game.

“We fought hard, and never gave up despite trailing by a goal after just 20 minutes. This was a well deserved victory,” a delighted Rahman Zakaria said.

“I hope the players will not get carried away with this win because this is just a new beginning for us. There’s still a long way to go in the League, and I hope this will be our springboard to achieve greater results in our upcoming matches,” Rahman added.

“Of course this victory helps ease the pressure on the team because as I have said all along, we have been playing well in our last games … it’s just that victory was hard to come by.

“This first win also gives us hope and helped to restore the spirit in the squad.

“On behalf of the team, we would like to dedicate the victory to the fans who have shown their loyalty by supporting us when we played our home games.

“Our next game is at home against Kelantan, and I hope to win it for the fans,” said Rahman.

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