KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman wants the State senior squad to continue with the good work the team has done so far.
He also hopes to see more improvement from them so that the fans can enjoy and continue celebrating more victories now that the squad have found their rhythm.
Musa said they will have better winning chances if more development can be made to enhance their performance.
“It seems that Sabah’s performance is improving with each game … and this reflects well on their development as a team. I hope to see more improvement in future so that we can celebrate more victories,” said Musa, when commenting on Sabah’s 2-0 victory against Pahang in their Group B Malaysia Cup tie at the Likas Stadium here, Monday.
Musa, who is the Sabah FA Supremo, added: “It was a good performance and a deserved victory for Sabah. I hope that the players will continue to display quality football so that more victories will come their way.”
He was also delighted to see the happiness among the home fans and they seem to turn up in greater numbers each time Sabah play!
“I believe the fans are happy too … and we hope to see them celebrating more victories from the team in the near future,” said Musa.
Musa, who turned up for the clash at half time seemed to bring some kind of spirit into the team.
After a scoreless first half, Sabah through Leopold Alfonso Otong took lead in the 72nd minute with a strike from the edge of the area, thanks to a neat delivery from Police import player Mohd Afif Amiruddin, who received the ball mid-way up the field from substitute, Alto Linus.
Sabah’s second goal, which had no less flare than the first, came eight minutes later, Alto claimed the effort when he cheekily chipped over Pahang’s custodian, thanks again to a brilliant delivery, this time from influential mid-fielder, Zainizam Marjan, with a perfectly weighted pass.
Despite playing with a man less following the sending off of team captain Md Reithuddin Awg Emran in the 78th minute, they managed to hold on to their lead, and could have scored the third but unfortunately their chances late in the game failed to find the net.
The three points gained effectively put them at the top of the group with five points, while Kuala Lumpur, who registered a surprise away victory over Terengganu in the other Group B fixture, currently in second place with four points and a game in hand.
Pahang, who have three points and a game in hand, (their previous called-off clash still not played) is third, while Terengganu with only one point (from their 2-2 draw against Sabah last Friday) is in fourth place.
Sabah’s Malaysia Cup fixtures will resume with a home game against Kuala Lumpur on October 3.
They face Terengganu in a return away leg match on October 6, before travelling away for another clash with Pahang on October 9.