The Best Sabah Rhinos to Ever Grace the Pitch

June 27th, 2013 by mrBadak | No Comments | Posted under Malaysia, Misc, Sabah

The Sabah Rhinos are a football team from the Sabah state of Malaysia. Founded in 1977, they are named after the endangered Sumatran rhino that lives in the Sabah region and most fans still refer to the team as the rhinos even though they were re-branded as the hawks in 2010. The team is based at the Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu, capital of the Sabah state.

Having recently fallen in the league tables, the Sabah Rhinos are now looking to make the team great again with better organization and good players. To find out how well the team are doing at the moment you can use the best sportsbook around at the moment, the Bodog sportsbook at The need for improvement within the team is discussed in the article ‘Propel Sabah to Greater Heights‘. The article calls on fans to help make the team great again and says that while previous players have brought glory to the state, it’s time to move forward.

But before going any further, it would be best to discuss who are the players that made the Sabah Rhinos great in the first place?

In the beginning there was James Wong, a.k.a. King James Wong or Ah Fook. He has been dubbed the Malaysian Cristiano Ronaldo because of his skills. His most well remembered goal is that of the 1980 Olympic qualifier against South Korea. He couldn’t have scored this goal, however, without the help of Hassan Sani. Hassan Sani played for both the junior and senior Sabah Rhinos teams. He was considered to be very agile and so was nicknamed Lipas Kudung. These two strikers first brought the Sabah Rhinos to fame and were the reason that the team struck fear into the hearts of their opponents. In 1979, having played 8 games in the Malaysian League, winning 3, losing 3 and drawing 2, they then went on to win their next 8 games by huge margins.

Despite these early achievements, the Sabah Rhinos did not become a professional team until the 1990s. During this era it was Matlan Marjan who was their star player. He scored 2 goals against England in 1991, equalling Toni Fritsch’s 35 year-old record of scoring twice against England as a new cap. He helped the Rhinos team to become runners up in the 1993 and 1994 Malaysia FA Cups.

After the team rebuilt their reputation, it was the younger Marjan’s turn to be a star. In 2002, Zainizam Marjan scored 11 goals in 24 matches helping the Sabah Rhinos to secure third place in the Malaysian Premier I League. In 2003 he helped the team to get to the final of the Malaysia Cup. He is the Sabah Rhino’s second highest goal scorer with a total of 62 goals.

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You can find more information and statistics about all of these players at the FIFA website. In the author’s opinion, the players mentioned are the greatest Sabah Rhinos players ever to grace the pitch because they are the ones who contributed most significantly to the advancement of the team within the Malaysian League. From early team members who helped make the team great, to those who made history and those who brought the team back to glory; these are the men who charged the Rhinos towards greatness.

Of course the team dynamics are not solely due to the players. The system, the club management and support from the fans are also vital factors in considering the performance of the team. The players of the 70s may have made the team great but to keep it that way, the Rhinos need to move with the times and keep up with the other Malaysian teams.

Opposite Tales of the Borneo Football States

June 25th, 2013 by mrBadak | No Comments | Posted under Sabah


Last night Sarawak FA clinched the Premier League title by producing a convincing 4-0 victory over Kuala Lumpur. The crocs is still unbeaten in the league.

Congratulations to Sarawak with three Sabahan players with the team, namely Bobby Gonzales, Ronny Harun and Mafry Balang.

So what about Sabah? Well last night as their neighbours was enjoying their win and title, Sabah was humiliated 6-1 by Johor.

Enuff said.

Make way for new blood

June 20th, 2013 by mrBadak | No Comments | Posted under Sabah

Kota Kinabalu: Former Sabah team manager Ronald Cooke made a strong call on Wednesday urging Sabah Football Association (Safa) to overhaul its committee completely.

He said Safa have only been blaming everyone else but themselves for the poor performance of the State team season in and season out, when commenting on the latest resignation of Sabah team coach David McCreery.

He said officials must be changed with new and young professional blood if Sabah wants to regain its past football glory.

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McCreery resigns

June 19th, 2013 by mrBadak | No Comments | Posted under Sabah

Kota Kinabalu: Premier League team head coach David McCreery dropped a bombshell by handing in his resignation to the Sabah Football Association, claiming personal reasons on Monday.

Sabah FA Deputy President Datuk Lawrence Gimbang in a press conference held on Tuesday evening said the executive committee which was chaired by him earlier has accepted his resignation.

“When a coach wants to resign with personal reasons, we have to respect that and to accept his decision.

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Propel Sabah to greater heights

June 18th, 2013 by mrBadak | No Comments | Posted under Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Yusof Kassim has called on all football enthusiast to help develop the sport and propel it to greater heights.

The Sabah Football Association (SFA) Vice President II said they must try to bring and lift Sabah football to a better position than ever.

“We must try and aim to make Sabah football better than ever. Without disrespect to those who have brought glory to the State and made Sabah proud (in the past), what is more important now is the future.

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