Result: Lost 3-0.
Seems that it will be a brief stay in the top flight of the Super League for Sabah this season unless they can make a rapid recovery.
Looking at their woeful results … many will doubt it.
On Saturday night they succumbed to their fourth defeat after only seven games into the season (for Sabah and Harimau Muda A only, the rest are eight), and picking up a mere five points from a win and two draws.
The 0-3 defeat to T-Team of Terengganu on Saturday, after about a month’s break, is not helping their cause at all, as they plunged to the relegation zone, lying in 13th in the 14-team standings, just two points ahead of Perlis, who are languishing at the bottom of the table.
Come Tuesday, they face KL Felda United in an away match, and hopes of collecting points are slim … not with the way they conceded goals against the T-Team.
The rusty looking Sabah allowed T-Team to take the lead as early as in the second minutes through its former national striker Haris Safwan. The homester extended the lead six minutes later through Zairol Anuar Zailani, who unleashed a spectacular freekick that defeated the hapless Syed Adney Syed Hussien, who replaced Sabah’s No 1 custodian Azizon Abd Kadir who is down with a groin injury.
Four minutes before the break, Sabah was punished again as T-Team scored their third through Nor Farhan Mohamed.
Although it is still early in the season Sabah definitely have a mountain to climb in their fight for Super league survival.
They seemed to be struggling to find consistency that helped them gain promotion (last season).
Sabah coach and manager Gary Phillips, the same man that guided them to promotion, may have already started to feel the heat, and that if their woes continue, his position will be or are already under close scrutiny by the Sabah FA’s top level officials.
Scoring goals is something that he needs to look into urgently as three goals from seven matches are certainly not a good record. They have conceded eight.
And to gain those points, they have to start winning.