KUALA LUMPUR, (Stadiumastro) – Sabah kept their slim hopes alive in the Malaysia Cup competition when they defeated Police 2-0 in a Group D match played at the Tawau Stadium last night.
It was a morale boosting win for the Rhinos when they picked up their first win to to keep their quarterfinals hopes alive in the five-group competition.
Last night, it was their first win after having lost to Selangor (0-1) and Kuala Muda Naza FC (1-2).
Zackiel Leong put the homesters infront when he converted a penalty at the stroke of half-time while Mohd Farid Saiban sealed the the three points for the East Malaysian side with the second goal of the match four minutes from time.
The win enabled Sabah to move up two rungs to second spot in the standings on better goal difference over Kuala Muda Naza and Police, who dropped to third and fourth places respectively. Selangor top the standings with nine points from three straight wins.
Police had hoped for a change of fortunes after having fared poor in the Super League. They had gone without a win in eight months and recalled coach K. Thaiyanathan after dropping the seasoned campaigner at the start of the season.
The 54-year-old Thaiyanathan got off to a good start when they defeated Kuala Muda Naza 1-0 but they fell to Selangor 3-0 in the second game.