Sabah came back from Singapore with a much-needed experience of playing together in a team and it has given coach Gary Phillips insights into the team’s strength and weakness.
The team kicked off their tour with a 2-0 win over Singapore Cricket Club which were represented by a majority of expatriates. They notched up a 3-0 win over S-League outfit Hougang United.
Next they saw off BI with a scoreline of 2-0 before being inflicted with a defeat by S-League’s top side, the Armed Forces and this was before they led 2-0.
Sabah scored two early goals in the second half after a stalemate in the first half, but allowed the homeside to net three times in the remaining minutes of the game.
Gary commented “Singapore was an interesting place which provided quality training facilities and enough quality in our opposition to provide the required tests individually and collectively”.
“Tours such as this always gives you a better insight to players’ abilities and mentality.”
“The emergence of youngsters Sabri Sahar and Leopold Alfonso was very encouraging and should they maintain their form I would have difficulty leaving them out of the starting eleven”.
The Malaysian SuperLeague starts January 15, 2011.