Foreword is proud to have Sabah's modern legend & most influential foreign import, Mr Scott Ollerenshaw as our guest contributor. Scott will contribute a monthly article surrounding the subject of football! Thanks Scottie!

About scott

Scott Ollerenshaw played for Sabah from 1994 - 1997 and partnered with Matlan Marjan to become the most feared strike force in the Malaysian league. Became the second highest scorer in the league in his first season with 36 goals in all competition. Then he won the Golden Boot in 1995 and 1996, helping Sabah to win her first ever trophy, the FA Cup and the league title in 1996. He is now married to former Sabah karate athlete Michelle Koh and they have 2 children together. Scott is now residing and focusing on businesses in Kota Kinabalu. He currently owns and manages the KK Futsal centre and Borneo Sports Holidays.

Articles by scott


July 7th, 2009 by scott | 23 Comments | Posted under Scottie Says

You could almost hear the full sigh of relief all over Sabah on 27th June when it was announced that our illustrious CM Datuk Musa Aman was now the Sabah FA President. Undoubtedly this can be the boost that Sabah Football needs as Datuk was a proven successful businessman even before he’s political career blossomed and undoubtedly football within Sabah needs to be run as a business.

However, I urge all Football people throughout Sabah not to fall into the trap off thinking the job is done and that Football in Sabah will now simply fall into place. This would be unfair on Datuk as without correct planning and a collective group effort then Football will not progress as it should within Sabah. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but successful Football clubs don’t just rely on one man and now more than ever is the time when everybody must work together for the common cause.

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The good times are near

March 17th, 2009 by scott | 4 Comments | Posted under Scottie Says

If you ask the hardcore Rhinos fans to be patient they will probably reply- “we have been patient for 5 years now, how much longer do you expect us to wait for success”. Well the answer to that is less than 1 year.

I attended Friday nights game against Felda United and trust me when I say we are on the right track. Despite the 0-0 draw, the team has obviously been well coached and credit must be given to head coach Wathiq and his assistants Mohd Asyraaf and Burhan Ajui. In the 1st half we were compact and played as a unit. By this I mean the team moved up and down the pitch together and there was no huge gaps or holes between the players as per previous seasons.

However, as is so often the case with Malaysian football, the 2nd half was a different story. Suddenly there was a lot of space for both teams as players got tired which made playing together as a unit almost possible. One of the challenges for Sabahs coaching staff is to get the players fitness to a level where they do not fatigue in the last 25 minutes of the 2nd half. This will allow us to move up and down the pitch in close contact with each other. From here it will be easier for us to maintain possession and ultimately create goalscoring chances.

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February 10th, 2009 by scott | No Comments | Posted under Scottie Says


I have a sneaking suspicion that Sabah’s 1st Round defeat to Kuala Lumpur in the FA Cup may in fact be a blessing in disguise. In earlier articles, I have commented on the importance of Sabah gaining promotion into next year’s Super League as a major priority. While a cup run may have been nice, would it have taken away from the major objective which is this year’s Super League.

The performance of the team last Tuesday night was actually an improvement on the 1st League game against Kepala Batas Penang. Yes we lost the game, however there plenty of encouraging signs. Rezuan Khan was much more involved which was nice to see. Overall he played well however he did have a spell off 20 minutes in the 2nd half where he gave the ball away too easily. Its important for our striker’s to make movement into space once Rezuan has the ball because 7 times out of 10 he will find you.

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Not Pretty But 3 Points in the Bag

January 11th, 2009 by scott | Comments Off | Posted under Scottie Says

There is a cliché in professional football which states- IT’S NOT THE PERFORMANCE THAT MATTERS, IT’S THE 3 POINTS THAT COUNTS. Lets be honest, Friday night’s game between Sabah & SDM Kepala Batas Penang was not a great advertisement for the Malaysian Premier League. I attended Friday night’s game with my son high in anticipation that this Sabah team would be the one who wore their heart on their sleeves and delivered a passionate style of winning Football- one which would ultimately see Sabah gain promotion at year’s end.

I left the stadium with mixed feelings – delighted that we took home the 3 competition points but unsure as too whether we have the quality within our squad to challenge for promotion this year. However, having had 2 days to reflect on the performance maybe my initial concerns were slightly misguided.

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December 16th, 2008 by scott | 4 Comments | Posted under Scottie Says

Another poor performance by Malaysia in the recent Asean Suzuki Cup has led to the normal finger pointing and accusations of why Malaysia continues to be stuck in the International backwaters. FAM, the coach and the players have copped it from all quarters but I am yet to read anything constructive of just what needs to happen for the long term benefit of Malaysian Football. 


At the very least Malaysia needs to have organized Leagues for our Junior players all over the country. I will use Sabah as an example however the same principle would apply for all states.

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