KOTA KINABALU: Goals, that’s what the fans want to see goals, goals and more goals and from these the precious fans will be pleased and entertained.
So, Sabah strikers had better start scoring or they will lose their patience.
Moreover, their lack of fire power upfront has not gone unnoticed as even the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman singled out poor finishing touches as their weakest point.
It certainly needs urgent attention!
Creating chances alone will not be good enough to please the paying fans but putting the ball in the net is.
Scoring goals has been Sabah’s glaring weaknesses in the last couple of seasons, and it seems at least for now, they are singing the same old song.
Thus far, Sabah merely found the net three times after 360 minutes of action, and with an average rating of 0.75 per cent per match, this will not bring them any where at the end of the season.
This season, striker Alto Linus, who has been playing wide, scored twice for the team while defender Henry Parsi netted the other.
Speaking at the FA’s ‘Dinner with the President; at a leading hotel here on Sunday in conjunction with its Inter Zone 2009 football tournament, Musa, who is the new man at the helm of the Sabah FA, said that although the team has been creating chances, there was no end product.
“Having watched the matches, I think our problem is we don’t have the finishing touches. We created many chances but just could not finish it off.
“Those who watched naturally are disappointed because there is no good ending. So I hope the players, especially our strikers will take their chances and finish them off.
“We understand that it is easier said than done and I know there is a difference between those who watch and those who are playing on the field.
“As a player, it is never easy and there are many factors that could contribute to it, but make the efforts and when the chances come, just go for it and score,” said Musa.
The FA is aware of the problems and that this season they have signed seven strikers, including three from the Super League outfits namely Bobby Gonzales, Razlan Oto and Mohd Farid Ideris.
The rest of the strikers are Zainizam Marjan, Azrul Ejati Damsah, teenager Leopold Alfonso Otong and Alto.
Head coach Gary Phillips is also aware of the team’s unconvincing showing upfront.
The Aussie said they will be focusing more on their finishing ahead of the next home clash against Johor MP Muar on Friday.