It looks like another disappointing campaign

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s Premier League 2010 challenge has turned from what could have been a promising season into what is likely to be another disappointing campaign.

Not too long ago, they were genuine title contenders, but failing to deliver when it mattered most has cost them not only the Premier League crown, but their hopes for Super League promotion are also in tatters.

They have themselves to blame for the sudden twist, with the shock defeat to Penang USM FC last week proving to be the fatal blow in their bid for promotion.

But it was not in that match that things started to fade away.

In fact when we recall, it began in the away tie against Johor MP Muar where Sabah slipped two valuable points after being held to a one-all draw by their lowly opponents, who are now in the relegation dog fight.

Picking up a mere one point from the maximum six against the sides from the bottom half of the table did the damage to Sabah’s quest for glory.

While there is no point of crying over spilt milk, but one could not deny that the two games have cost Sabah the title or plus possibly the one against Sarawak away.

If one could recall, it was a game that Sabah could have won with ease, but their blunt finishing including squandering at least two sure-goal opportunities saw them being beaten 2-0 instead.

Winning those three matches could have seen Sabah lifting the Premier League crown on Friday as it would have put them on 54 points.

Picking up full points against MP Muar and USM FC could have also put them in pole position as the league enters its final fixtures this coming Friday.

Unfortunately or rather sadly it did not happen, as if it did, it could have been a great night for Sabah, as on Friday, they registered their biggest home win of the season in a 10-goal thriller after hammering FAM Cup bound Melaka 8-2 with striker Mohd Farid Ideris netting four times for his side, including two from the spot.

Mohd Farid Saibun, Mohd Radzi Hussin, Zainizam Marjan and Razlan Oto also put their names on the score sheet on the night.

But there is still some hope left for Sabah to finish their season commendably albeit a slim one!

Winning their last match of the season away to KL Pos Malaysia next Friday could help them clinch the final spot for Super League promotion.

But they need a big, big favour from Harimau Muda for that to happen.

So now we must start keeping our fingers crossed and pray that the national Under-19 side can steal points away from SelangorPKNS, who are now in the driver’s seat to claim the last slot for promotion, in their final fixture.

Meanwhile, KL Felda United FC sealed their Premier League title on Friday with a match to spare.

They edged Harimau Muda 1-0. The victory put them on 49 points – four ahead of Selangor PKNS and Sabah, who are both on 45, but separated by goal difference.


11 thoughts on “It looks like another disappointing campaign

  • July 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Hrimau Muda is not a bad team either…they manage to hold Felda utd. until the last minute of the game, which seems like going to end in a draw…i truly hope that Harimau will edge Selangor PKNS & Sabah wins their last games…its been a long time since we have been sideline from the main league….BULI BAH KALO KO!!

  • July 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I agreed fully on the report that we lost the points in our earlier games between MP Muar & USM FC; I am not so optimistic that we can gain promotion to the super league…as not only we must beat Pos malaysia in our final game which itself is not an easy one given their current good form but we must also hope that Harimau Muda did Sabah a favour; it means our faith is in somebody ‘s hand.

    Anyway, being an ardent fan of Sabah, we hope for the best, afterall, we have been in the premier league for much too long…..SABAH Boleh!!

  • July 20, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Inda taulah… slps sahaja liga berehat selama 1 bulan disebabkan World Cup, seolah-olah momentum dan kerakusan mencari kemenangan pasukan sabah telah merundum. Seperti dijangka, keadaan ini akan berlaku. Sabah mensia-siakan beberapa peluang untuk memintas PKNS mahu pun Felda, tetapi akhirnya terpaksa bergantung nasib kepada keputusan perlawanan antara PKNS vs harimau Muda dan pd masa yang sama perlu memastikan kemenangan kepada lawan terakhir….. harap tuah menyebelahi pasukan Sabah. GO SABAH..

  • July 22, 2010 at 1:39 am

    but, anyway I strongly believe that sabah will be in the Super League 4 the next coming season. I mean, something bad will happen 2 PKNS regarding to their hope 4 another place in the SL. this is not good to be said but anything can be happen in football..haha

  • July 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Wa-lau, boleh tahan brman, your instinct is as good as the octopus’ prediction during the world cup.

    Surely something bad happened to PKNS as I don’t really have high hope placed on Harimau Muda beating PKNS as, 1st, Harimau Muda was under-strength for that match as reported; 2nd, they have nothing to fight for (as they are mid table team)and hence no fighting spirit.

    I was so worried that Harimau Muda may just simply throw the match away or put in all reserves to gain experience.

    We salute you, Harimau Muda…..Sabah owe you a big THANK YOU!!!

  • August 2, 2010 at 1:02 am

    as what i’ve said,it really happened.. always believe in miracle..wish u all(sabah player) all d best 4 ur next coming challenging season..

  • August 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

    kalau di ingat2 semula kan… betul2 miracle jg. kejayaan sabah melayakkan pasukan ke Liga Super next season betul2 menakjubkan. tp sa salute tul dgn keyakinan (ramalan) sdr brman.. untuk Malaysia Cup ni bagaimana pula peluang sabah… semoga sabah berjuang hingga ke titisan darah terakhir.

  • August 31, 2010 at 8:20 am

    yeaaaaah….ini la yg kami tunggu..apa2 pun jgn lupa menyambut hari kemerdekaan dengan hati yg bersyukur..

  • September 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Ya.. merdeka! (3 X), dan slpas ni… HARI MALAYSIA (16 Sept )

  • September 1, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    ya tadi sa lalu d padang bandaran siap2 da pasang pentas

  • September 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

    satu hal lg yg sa xda suka dengan sistem liga d malaysia ialah terlalu banyak cuti, kalah2 cuti sekolah…para pemain pun sampai hilang momentom permainan…main 1 minggu cuti sampai 2 bulan..hisss…boring btl..

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