ESPN Star had a special article today in view of the new season which kicks off today. Here are their take on Sabah – for the other teams, please read on their website.
Sabah coach Justin Ganai has already admitted staying in the Super League will not be an easy task for his side, who battled hard to a 10th-placed finish last season. Already, many believe 2012 will be another year of struggles for the SabaHawks, but those within the club are quietly optimistic they have what it takes to retain their top-flight status for another season at least.
Sabah struggled to find the back of the net last season, scoring just 24 goals in 26 matches, and Ganai is hoping his new signings will help address this pressing issue.
Bobby Gonzalez earned his place in Sabah folklore after his goals fired them to promotion in 2010, and after an impressive year with Sarawak, where he scored sixteen goals in 21 appearances, the diminutive forward has returned and is expected to play a key role this season.
He will not have it all to do on his own though, with plenty expected from Australian-born Brendan Gan, whose father hails from Negri Sembilan. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder spent four seasons with A-League side Sydney FC, and his signing has captured the imagination of the locals, with Gan even revealing his intention to play for Malaysia.
Another Australian import, Michael Baird, has experience playing in Romania’s top flight with Universitatea Craiova, and is expected to lead the line alongside Gonzalez. Should the SabaHawks attack manage to get amongst the goals, it could go a long way to ensure their bid to remain in the Super League is realised.