Source : New SabahTimes
KOTA KINABALU: Rahman Zakaria declares that the Rhinos are more than ready to face Police in the opener of the second round in the Premier League challenge at the Likas Stadium tonight.
In fact he added that the team cannot wait to take on their opponents.
“No doubt they are a good side, and we respect them for that. However, it doesn’t mean that we are going to give them an easy ride.
“We have nothing to fear. Furthermore, we have extra reason to get the better of them,” the Rhinos’ team manager said, referring to their 1-2 defeat to Police in the Malaysia Cup challenge in the middle of last month.
For the record, that was the Rhinos’ only defeat in the competition that would resume with the second round on April 14 where Sabah will be taking on Perak in an away battle.
“We are also aware of their strength and I firmly believe that we have the quality to get the better of them this time around.
“It is the same case for the players. They are pretty much in the mood, and I can see that team spirit is high.
“I would like to stress it here that we are ready and confident, not only for this match, but for the remaining of our second round fixtures.
“The team have done well in training and they have proven that in the match proper. We can see that they are getting better and better with each match.
“But then again, there is no point of talking and playing a good game, as what matters most for the team now is winning the battle.
“We have a bunch of fighters in the team and I’m confident we will be up there as the league progresses.
“I would also like to make a humble call to all the fans to come and support the team. Let’s help and support the team. They certainly need the fans’ support and I really hope for a good turn out tomorrow,” said Rahman.
He also declares that they will be at full strength for the clash with striker-in-chief Charles Obi and his new striking partner Prince Ativie certainly starting the game.
For the record, Sabah are currently lying eighth in the 11-team standings on 11 points, eight behind second-placed Police, who played one match less than the Rhinos.