Nine points not enough

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah need favours from Harimau Muda and Armed Forces as winning their remaining three matches will not be enough for them to win the race to the Premier League crown.

KL Felda United remain the favourites and the title is theirs to take if they are to win their remaining two matches.

They are currently leading the pack with 46 points while both second placed Selangor PKNS and Sabah are on 42. Sabah stay in third as PKNS have a better goal difference of 31 while Sabah 22.

But Sabah have played one match lesser than both Felda and PKNS and come Monday they could move to second spot and close the gap to just one point over Felda if they return home with the maximum three points from Penang where they will be taking on USM FC.

Sabah must be praying that either Harimau Muda or Armed Forces do them a favour by stealing some points away from Felda.

Felda will be taking on the national Under-19 side away on July 16, before concluding their challenge against Armed Forces at home on July 23.

On the other hand, Sabah will take on Melaka in a home tie and KL Pos Malaysia away after the date with USM.

PKNS who still have a fighting chance for the crown face Shahzan Muda away and are home to Harimau Muda.

On Friday, both Felda and Sabah scored last-gasp winners before notching victories over their respective opponents.

In the top of the table clash, Felda edged PKNS 2-1 while Sabah downed their Borneo rivals Sarawak with an identical scoreline.

It was former Sabah defender Mohd Munir Amran who helped his side bag the valuable three points.

The match was heading for a one-all draw before the lanky defender won the game for Felda by scoring the winner in injury time from a superbly taken free kick.

Mohd Alafi Mahmud had put PKNS in the lead with his 63rd minute strike but it was cancelled out by Md Hasmarul Fadzir Hassan six minutes later by netting the equaliser with a header.

On the other hand, it was flanker Alto Linus who turned out to be the hero for Sabah by heading home the winner from close range.

Sarawak took the lead in the 38th minute through former Sabah player Wong Sai Kong’s controversial goal, but Mohd Farid Ideris slammed home the equaliser with a powerful attempt after being put through by Bobby Gonzales on the stroke of half time.

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