Sabah face early Malaysia Cup exit

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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s Malaysia Cup quarter-final hopes were left hanging by a thread following their second consecutive defeat in a Group D challenge at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Star on Tuesday.

The Rhinos went down 1-2 to club side Kuala Muda Naza.

Wong Sai Kong put the Rhinos into the lead 1-0 at half time with his 41st minute strike.

The lanky utility player easily put the Rhinos in front with a simple tap-in goal following a cross from youngster Leopold Alphonso Otong.

But the homesters replied with a double after the break with former national striker Liew Kit Kong putting Kuala Muda Naza on level terms two minutes after the break.

Farderin Kadir scored the winning goal in the 76th minute.

And now Sabah must beat Police on Saturday to keep their slim hopes alive. A failed mission at the Tawau Sports Complex field this weekend could see Sabah bid an early farewell to the prestigious competition.

Prior to the Kuala Muda Naza clash, Sabah had lost the opener 0-1 to Selangor at home.

Caretaker coach Mohd Asyraaf Fong Abdullah said they lost to an experienced side that is full of former internationals.

Besides Liew Kit Kong, former national striker Akmal Rakhli and Anuar Jusoh were among the experienced names in the Kuala Muda squad.

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