It’s back to the drawing board for Sabah


KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah FA has got no other alternative but to go back to the drawing board and start the rebuilding work if they harbour any hope of bringing back the Rhinos’ glory days.

There is certainly a lot to do to transform the Rhinos into a force to be reckoned with, which they were not too long ago.

But the Rhinos’ declining influence in the national football scene did not just happen yesterday, but about four years or so ago, as the upcoming season will see them making their fifth consecutive appearance in the Premier League.

However, things do not look as bad as it seemed a couple of years ago, as while they did not do well in the League campaign, they managed to give a good show in the FA Cup and the Malaysia Cup.

For instance, they reached the FA Cup quarter-finals twice in the last four years (in 2007 and 2007), and were the Malaysia Cup losing finalists in 2007.

In the Premier League they finished fourth in 2006 and sixth the following season. Last season (2008) they finished fourth.

This time around, the Rhinos concluded their 2009 season on Tuesday with nothing than a big disappointment yet again.

But this (season) is believed to be their worst season, finishing ninth among the 13-team Premier League, being ousted as early as in the first round in the FA Cup challenge and having their Malaysia Cup hopes dashed as early as in the group stage.

On Tuesday, the Rhinos ended their Malaysia Cup campaign with a 2-2 draw against Police.

Youngsters Leopold Alphonso Otong and Henry Parsi scored the goals for the Rhinos.

The result also saw the Rhinos remain bottom of Group D on four points from six games, registering one win, four defeats and one draw.

Police are third on five points with Kuala Muda Naza in second spot, while Selangor top the group on 13 points.

Kuala Muda Naza also joined Selangor into the quarter-finals after the club side defeated the Red Giants 3-2 in the other Group D match.

The rest of the quarter-final places were snapped up by KL Plus FC and Perlis (Group A), Negeri Sembilan and Terengganu (Group B), Johor FC (Group C) and Kelantan (Group E).

Only the group winners and three top ranked second placed teams advanced into the home-and-away knock-out stages.

The first leg of the quarter-finals will be played on Oct 20 that will see KL Plus taking on Kelantan, while Negeri Sembilan will be pitted against Kuala Muda Naza.

Johor FC face Perlis, while Selangor will take on Terengganu.

The second leg has been slated for Oct 24.

13 thoughts on “It’s back to the drawing board for Sabah

  • October 15, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Buat pihak Pengurusan SABAH,

    Berusahalah dengan seikhlas hati untuk mencari bakat-bakat baru. Teruskanlah perjuangan. Janganlah sekali-kali kamu menyerah kalah. Kami yakin, kamu akan membuat yang terbaik untuk pasukan SABAH. Kembalikan zaman kegemilangan pasukan yang kita sayangi ini. GEGAR DAN TERUS GEGARKAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • October 17, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    GO SABAH!!!!!
    GO SABAH!!!!!
    GO SABAH!!!!!

  • October 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Sekiranya kita di amanahkan & diberi kepercayaan oleh rakyat SABAH maka buatlah yang terbaik dengan seikhlasnya. Pada masa inilah pihak pengurusan SABAH harus memainkan peranan untuk mencari bakat-bakat baru. Lawatilah setiap daerah bumi Sabah ini. Carilah pemain yang berkebolehan. Pilihlah pemain dengan jujur tanpa ada perasaan serba salah. Jika kita benar-benar cintakan pasukan maka kita harus lebih pentingkan kemajuan pasukan dari diri kita sendiri. Itulah yang patut ada pada diri setiap pihak pengurusan. Semoga pada musim-musim akan datang, kitalah yang paling digeruni…..

  • October 29, 2009 at 12:57 am

    come on Sabah!!

    be profesional pilih pemain tu…kena ambil kira semua faktor..

    good luck kepada pengurusan baru..

  • October 31, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Semoga pihak pengurusan SABAH yang baru ini dapat mengurus dengan baik & menjaga kebajikan setiap pemain. Pengurusan yang BAIK & JUJUR pasti akan melahirkan pemain-pemain yang lebih berkualiti.

  • November 12, 2009 at 6:01 pm


    Jangan patah semangat. Teruskan perjuangan kita.
    Tahun depan kitalah yang beraksi di FINAL & JUARA!!!!
    Kami yakin anda BOLEH!!!!!

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  • November 23, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Come on Sabah, we were once the best! Surely we can get back to where we were!

  • November 23, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Kami yakin anda boleh!!!

    SABAH adalah yang TERBAIK. SABAH akan GEGARKAN musim-musim yang akan datang.
    SABAH BOLEH!!!!!

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  • December 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Apa perkembangan terkini pasukan kita? Kami harapkan sebuah skuad yang MANTAP dari segi PENGURUSAN & PEMAIN. Kami akan terus menyokong anda……

  • December 4, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Semoga pada masa akan datang, skuad kesayangan kita ni MANTAP dari segi PENGURUSAN & PEMAIN. Kami akan terus menyokong anda……

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