Even with the return of former Rhinos hitman Zaykiel Leong to spearhead Sabah’s attacking force, Sabah and Sarawak failed to score to share the points in a scoreless draw.
Playing after a 2-week break, the single point for each team doesn’t really help them in their cause to climb up the table, with both languishing at 10th for Sabah and 11th for Sarawak in the 13-team competition.
Off the pitch however, the result speaks volume. Sabah and Sarawak were once the powerhouses of the Malaysian league, playing in the Superleague and “burying” their visitors in this east side of Malaysia, giving any away teams the shivers when they board their planes to come over here.
Now, both teams have trouble funding the team, with rumours of delayed salaries, which brought morale low among the players, getting negative results and ultimately, driving away the fans from attending any match in the stadium.
Indeed, all the real happenings of local football now is on the west except for maybe, the appearance of ex-Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler in Likas later this month. Apart from that, the teams are just playing their games to complete the schedule and the young players getting experience from playing on the field.
With these scenario, it is only fair that both teams gets a single point each while the coach and players looking for divine intervention if they want to make any mark in this season’s football league.
Sabah’s next game is a home tie against 4th place Kuala Lumpur.