KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will stay in the Malaysian Super League next season! The FA of Malaysia is unlikely to make any changes to the current format of a 14-team league for the 2012 season.
With Pahang’s latest 2-0 defeat to Harimau Muda on Sunday that means Sabah will be spared the drop even if they fail to get the point or points in their final league game at home to Kelantan on July 6.
This is simply because with 28 points, Sabah’s worst case scenario will be finishing in 12th placing.
Only two teams will be demoted. This is unless the FAM has an eleventh hour change of heart.
Perlis, who are currently languishing at the bottom of the table with a mere 10 points to show, have confirmed their departure from the top flight action.
Now, it is either Pahang or Kuala Lumpur who would accompany them to play in the lower division next season.
Pahang are currently sitting in 13th placing on 22 points while Kuala Lumpur, who have a game in hand over Pahang, are one point ahead, in 12th placing.
KL Felda United FC are 11th, level on points with Sabah, but Sabah stay ahead on better goal difference.
On the other hand Premier League 2011 winners Selangor PKNS and second placed Sarawak, will be promoted.
Sabah FA Secretary General Alijus Hj Sipil confirmed that Sabah have sealed their place in the Super League following Pahang’s defeat.
“With Pahang’s defeat to Harimau Muda on Sunday, Sabah’s Super League status is safe no matter what the outcome of our game against Kelantan is.
“According to latest information from the FAM, only two teams from the Super League 2011 season will be demoted to the Premier League and they will be replaced by Selangor PKNS and Sarawak,” said Alijus in a SMS yesterday.
He also revealed that the latest development would also mean that Sabah will qualify to play in the Malaysia Cup this season, which is scheduled to kick off on September 9.
The draw for the Malaysia Cup has been set for August 8.
At the same time, Alijus also said that the FAM is also expected to allow teams to hire two foreign players for the 2012 season.
With all the latest development, Alijus said Sabah will play their final league game without any additional pressure and that would give them a slight edge over their opponents.
“We hope to end our season on a high by defeating one of the best teams in the league. In view of that, on behalf of the team, I would like to call on all the fans to come in full force to support our State team and rally them to victory on July 6,” said Alijus.