Kota Kinabalu: Sabah manager Hj Shariman Abdullah is satisfied with the players’ performance despite the team losing 0-2 to Felda United in their opening match of the Malaysia Super League season held at the Hang Jebat Stadium on Tuesday. He said the team should have won the match outright but because of some questionable decisions, the team was deprived of the valuable three points.
“The players all played well and I have no complaints with their input in the game. The only issue I think they have to learn is how to cope when the decision of the officials are going against the team,” he said.
“The goals that were scored during the match which were not given to the team obviously affected them. I am sure they would have learned from the bad experience and won’t let the same incidents affect their play in future.”
Shariman also disclosed that the players were given very rough treatment by the Felda players on Tuesday.
“Our two imports Michael Baird and Brandan Gan were both heavily marked by the Felda players. Their tactics of shoving and hacking from behind all went unnoticed by the officials and only one yellow card was given throughout the 90 minutes.”
He also said that the team in the first half was rather unlucky to have conceded the two goals.
“It was very unfortunate that we let in the two goals in the first half but still we could have won with the three goals scored and maybe even more.”
Meanwhile, the senior team who only touched down on Wednesday morning was immediately given a friendly match against the State President Cup team at the Intan Institute campus in Sepangar Bay at 4pm.
Those players who either did not play or only featured briefly during the match against Felda United were all given the chance to play in the friendly.
Goalkeeper Azizon Abd Kadir who did not travel with the team to Melaka due to injury was also played in the first half.
The senior team won the match 2-0 with goals scored in each half by Shahrul Azhar Ture and Shahruddin Yaakub respectively.