Source : New SabahTimes
KOTA KINABALU: Rahman Zakaria has reminded the Rhinos not to rest on their laurels in their remaining matches of the Malaysia Cup preliminary round campaign.
He said they should not be complacent but to maintain their game.
“We are not there yet, and there is no reason for us to take things for granted. In fact from now things will get a lot tougher,” the Rhinos’ team manager said.
The Rhinos remain on pole position in the Group C standings after edging Pahang 1-0 at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Saturday.
They lead the pack on 10 points after four games by chalking up three wins and a draw.
But both Perak and Kedah are closely behind with nine and eight points respectively.
However, Rahman said Perak and Kedah are not the only challengers as fourth placed Police are also still pretty much in the race for the two quarterfinal slots from the group.
“I think the race is still very much open for the top teams in the group and we certainly cannot afford to take things easy.
“We are in a good position (now) to claim one of the quarterfinal slots, and we must grab this opportunity. It is important for us to keep on fighting and winning,” Rahman added.
On the victory against Pahang, which is Sabah’s fourth victory over a Super League outfit after Melaka, Sarawak and Perak, Rahman said he was delighted to see that the players have shown great determination, commitment and team spirit.
“It was not an easy or our best game, but the players tried their best and that is the most important thing. They kept on fighting and I think this was a well deserved win.
“They certainly can be proud of what they have been doing, but they must not get carried away.
“I’m also delighted to see that we have shown some consistency, be it in our game or results. The coach (Drago Mamic) has done a good job, and it seems that the players have started to adapt into the system or style he has put into the team.
“I hope the team will keep on improving and try to rectify any weaknesses there may be in the team,” added Rahman.
Against Pahang, Chow Chee Wing turned hero for his side when he scored the solitary goal of the night one minute before the half-time break.