Source : New SabahTimes
KOTA KINABALU: Rahman Zakaria praised the Rhinos for their fighting spirit in the one-all draw against Kedah in a Malaysia Cup Group C challenge at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Star on Saturday.
He said despite trailing 1-0 following Roshaidi Wahab’s opener in the 59th minute, the players never gave up the fight.
“They have shown high fighting spirit. Their determination and commitment were also more than 100 per cent, and I think all of them deserve a pat on the back,” the Rhinos’ team manager said.
Striker Salvester Sindeh was the man who helped Sabah salvage a point when he headed a Charles Obi’ cross into the back of the Kedah net in injury time.
“It was not about one player. Every one of them gave their best, and if we keep on showing this kind of performance, I’m sure we will have bright chances in the competition.
While it may be just one point, Rahman said that he was satisfied with the result as well as the overall performance of the players.
“It was a very tough game. To play in front of a packed stadium away from home has never been easy, but the players have shown that they have the guts and courage to play in such a situation.
“In fact this was our first match in front of a packed stadium this season, and I’m pleased with their response,” he added.
With the result, Sabah remain on top of the six-team Group C standings on better goal difference than second placed Kedah. Both teams are equal on seven points.
Perak, who trounced Pahang 5-0 in another Group C tie in Ipoh, follow closely in third on six points.
Keita Mandjou, Ahmad Shahrul Azhar and Khalid Jamlus all found the net once for the Silver State team while R. Surendren scored a brace.
Police edged Sarawak 3-2 to keep their hopes of making it to the last eight alive.
Faturazi Rozi scored the winner for the visitors four minutes from time after Zambery Zainal put Sarawak on level terms in the 77th minute.
John Mawalma and Mohd Badri Radzi gave Police a two-goal lead in the 51st and 56th minutes respectively before Joseph Kallang reduced the deficit with his 74th minute goal.
The victory helped Police stay fourth in the standings on four points followed by Pahang (one point) in fifth, while Sarawak are languishing at the bottom of the standings with no points to show.
Sabah’s next game is an away tie against Pahang on March 3.
The other Group C fixtures will see Perak take on Sarawak at the Perak Stadium while Police entertain Kedah.