KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s relegation battle is in tatters … once more after going down 1-3 to T-Team in a Super League challenge last night. Like before, it was a night of poor finishing which was an obvious factor that they couldn’t even grind out a draw against a side that was full of former and current internationals.
Despite trailing a goal down with just 10 minutes of play, Sabah fought their way back before levelling the score through Zainizam Marjan six minutes before the half time break.
The nippy striker stole the ball from the T-Team goalkeeper and captain Mohd Syamsuri Mustafa before slotting home into an empty net that eventually cancelled off Zairol Anuar Zalani opener.
Zairol scored from a 30 metre indirect freekick that deflected off a Sabah defender and went into the back of the net and left Sabah’s custodian Azizon Abd Kadir hapless.
Sabah created numerous chances after the equaliser through Zainizam, including a one-on-one situation. They were also denied a genuine penalty claim when Zainizam was brought down inside the box, but the match official waved play on.
But all efforts of producing the lead did not materialise as they went into the half time break with a one-all score line.
In the 62nd minute, Sabah fans were left stunned for the second time when T-Team restored their lead through Indra Putra Mahayudin, who scored from the spot.
T-Team were awarded the penalty kick after Alto Linus was caught for pulling Mohd Norfarhan Mohd’s shirt inside the box, before the match official blew for a foul and awarded a penalty kick for T-Team.
Five minutes later, Sabah were caught off guard again. This time it was Mohd Norfarhan who put his name in the score sheet after connecting a cross from Md Badrul from the right.
So now, Sabah is on a knife edge as far as their life in the Super League is concerned!