Tricky home tie for Sabah

KUALA LUMPUR: High-riding Sabah take on Armed Forces in a tricky home date at the Likas Stadium tonight.

It will be a massive game too considering that their opponents are one of the four teams that are still in a fight for the Premier League crown.

Considering that KL Felda United FC and fourth-placed Selangor PKNS are having an easy night by taking on Melaka and Penang USM FC respectively away, there are no two ways for Sabah but to get the better of their opponents for the second time this season.

In the first round, Sabah walked home as 1-0 victors in an away tie, and tonight, expectations are high for them to repeat the feat.

Even coach and manager Gary Phillips is quietly confident of his charges doing a good job for the team.

But he admitted that it will not be an easy task especially when they hardly have had a good rest following their 1-0 victory over Harimau Muda last Friday.

Furthermore, the condition of the field at the Likas Stadium is currently not at its best due to the rainy days.

Nevertheless, that is not an excuse for the team not to do well.

“We have been travelling lately, and obviously I’m a little worried about my players. Against Harimau Muda they looked tired, but I hope they will be okay tomorrow,” said Gary.

Gary said as long as the team go into the game with the right attitude and play their hearts out and as a team then their chances will be good.

“It is important for us to go there with the right attitude. We have to focus and give fullest concentration for 90 minutes. If we do that we will be okay,” he added.

On how important the game is for the team, he said: “Every game is important (from now on), and this one against Armed Forces is no exception. We have to keep winning in order to catch Felda, which is a hard thing to do.”

“Furthermore, we have the aspiration to play at the next level, it is important for us to show that we are able and capable of playing under any circumstances, and I hope the players will show that tomorrow.

On his line-up, Gary is still tinkering on whether to bring in fresh legs or retaining his winning side.

“I’m still considering a few options, and I’ll make up my mind after our training tonight (last night).

If Gary is to retain his winning squad that have notched back to back victories over Selangor PKNS and Harimau Muda, then Mohd Farid Ideris, who scored the winner last Friday, and Bobby Gonzales will spearhead the attack while Alto Linus and Shahrul Azhar Ture will be at the left and right of midfield respectively.

Radzi Mohd Hussin and Zainizam Marjan will be the men at the middle of the park while the team’s back five – Julamri Muhammad, Rosdin Wasli, skipper Md Reithuddin Ag Embran, Gasili Pengalot and goalkeeper Azizon Abdul Kadir, who have done a brilliant job, only letting in a mere one goal in their last five outings, will be retained as well.

For the record, Sabah are on a fine run, and tonight we could see them stretching their unbeaten run to nine matches in a row.

They are currently second in the standings on 32 points, three behind Felda United and two ahead of both Armed Forces and Selangor PKNS. The gap between the top four teams makes this the team’s biggest match of the season with another seven matches left to play, including tonight’s fixture.

And it would be great to see if the fans can turn up in full force and support the team to victory over Armed Forces.


5 thoughts on “Tricky home tie for Sabah

  • May 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I totally agreed that this is a tricky match for Sabah,considering ATM has just registered a huge win on Friday by scoring 8 goals!
    As said, we have just let in a mere single goal in 5 outings is indeed a great achievement, I have to really give a perfect ratings to our defenders + the goalkeeper for this.
    The strikers or wingers have to take the chances well, as wasting easy goal scoring chances or sitters ( as in the past ) may result in drawn games given our good defensive records…and hence losing the 2 points.GOOD LUCK SABAH….SABAH BOLEH !!!!!!

  • May 17, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    A thousand apologies, I wrote ” we have just let in a mere single goal in 5 outings ” as quoted from the above NEWS……….However, when I refer to the Fixtures & Results Table, it should be 8 outings since the USM FC match on 12th March 2010.

  • May 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    yeah..hopefully all the supporters can come tonight and support our team even the cloud looks like to rain..we can rely on the defenders but still we hope the attackers can do their jobs very well in order to get 3 points..!!

  • May 17, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    There is nothing impossible to win this match.
    Yes. It seems like the game turn to an intereting part now. By, heavily winning last match, ATM surely bring their spirit to this game.
    No any excuse to let this game without no point as any of this four team(FELDA,ATM,PKNS,RHINOS) lose their match. They will bw one step behind.


    its seems like EPL game now ^^

    LEARN TO BE FAITH whether lose or win.


  • May 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    semoga sabah menang malam ni…1-0 pun xda apa.

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