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Sabah FA : Nostalgic Hall of Fame



Sabah FA

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Full name Football Association of Sabah (Persatuan Bola Sepak Sabah)
Nickname(s) SabahRhinos
Founded 1977
Ground Likas Stadium, Kota Kinabalu
Sabah
(Capacity: 30,000)
Chairman Malaysia Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman
Manager Malaysia Justin Ganai
Coach Malaysia Justin Ganai
League Malaysia Super League
2010 Malaysia Premier League, 2nd


Matlan Marjan
The Football Association of Sabah (Malay: Persatuan Bola Sepak Sabah) is a registered football association affiliated with the Football Association of Malaysia. The association's football team competes in Malaysia's football league representing the state of Sabah in Borneo. Sabah FA is a professional football club and one of the big name teams of the Malaysian football structure. They were in the Malaysia Premier League but promoted to Malaysia Super League in 2011. The team's home matches are played at the 30,000 capacity Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah.

History
The North Borneo Football Club(NBFC) changed its name to Sabah Amateur Football Association(SAFA) in 1977 prior to joining the Malaysia Football League. Past players include James Wong, Hassan Sani, Peter Rajah, and striker Matlan Marjan who scored a double against England 12th of June 1991

SABAH (The Rhinos) - 1996 DUNHILL Premier League Champions
Sabah Selection Vs Manchester United 1980 (Likas Stdium)

Amateur Era
James Wong

Sabah was a well known team during the Malaysian football semi-pro era as state team produced many quality players namely the trio of James Wong, Hassan Sani, and Peter Rajah. These players during their time led Sabah to become one of Malaysian football's most feared teams during the 80's.
One fine example was during the 1979 Malaysian League where Sabah started slowly. After a run of 8 matches, they stood with 3 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses but, during the later stages they stepped up a gear or five by winning all their remaining 8 matches with most of them by huge margins, including an incredible 8–0 thrashing of Sarawak, 7-0 hammering of Perak FA and the 6–1 beating of Terengganu FA.



At the end of the season, Sabah finished as runners-up behind Singapore and became the highest scoring team with 49 goals in 12 games, which is an average of 3 goals per game.

Professional Era
Hassan Sani

When professional football was introduced by Football Association of Malaysia, Sabah also made a reputation of being one of the Malaysian League's most competitive teams. Quality professional players were produced from the ranks during the 1990s, most notably Matlan Marjan who helped Sabah finish as runners-up during 1993 and 1994 Malaysia FA Cup, and who at one time was appointed as the national team captain by the then Malaysian national team coach Claude LeRoy.

The positive results gained from the beginning of professional era however was cut short by the match fixing scandal that rocked Malaysian football in 1994. The scandal almost destroyed Sabah and Malaysian football in general. Sadly, Matlan was the one of several players found guilty for being involved in the scandal. As a punishment for their involvement in match fixing, he and the other players were banned for life by FIFA from being involved in football.

After the scandal, Sabah began its rebuilding process to regain their reputation in Malaysian football. Sabah won their first professional trophy, the Malaysia FA Cup in 1995. In the 1996 season, Sabah won their first league title and went through to the final of the Malaysia Cup for the first time but, unfortunately were beatened by Selangor FA through penalties.
Peter Rajah

The 2000 season could be considered as Sabah's worst since joining the Malaysian professional league. They were relegated to the second division and could not get past the group stages of the Malaysia Cup. However, Sabah quickly regained its performance in the 2001 season where they finished as runners-up behind Johor FC.
In the 2002 season, Sabah lining up players of calibre such as Zainizam Marjan, Khairul Azman Mohamed, and foreign striker Josiah Seton, finished third in the league and again managed to get through to the final of Malaysia Cup by beating Selangor Public Bank and Perak FA. Sabah however finished as runners-up yet again by losing to the same team that beat them in 1996 final, Selangor FA. This time, Sabah lost by 'golden goal' scored by Mohd Amri Yahyah.
In 2003, Sabah again finished third in Malaysia Premier League One. Sabah again reached the final of Malaysia Cup. Unfortunately again, this time they lost to club-side Selangor MPPJ by 3–0, with hattrick from Juan Manuel Arostegui.



When Malaysian Super League was introduced in 2004, Sabah struggled to be competitive against other teams in the top league. Sabah only managed to stay in Super League for two seasons as they were relegated to Malaysia Premier League for the 2005/06 season.
After the relegation to 2nd tier league, Sabah continued to struggle for promotion to get back into the top division. They lost to Pahang FA in the 2006/07 season play-off for a place in 2007/08 Malaysia Super League.
For the 2009 season, due to Football Association of Malaysia's new ruling of not allowing teams to hire foreign players, Sabah fielded an all-local team with home-grown talent and home-based players with two local imports to strengthen the squad and to compete in Malaysia Premier League, Malaysia FA Cup, and Malaysia Cup.
After 6 years playing in the 2nd tier Premier League, Sabah gained promotion to Super League and will play on the top division in 2011.


Honours

Title Winners Runners-up
Malaysia Cup
1996, 2002, 2003
Division 1/Premier 1/Super League 1996
Division 2/Premier 2/Premier League
2001, 2010
Malaysia FA Cup 1995 1993, 1994, 1998
Malaysian Charity Shield
1996


Achievements
Year Position League FA Cup Malaysia Cup
1995 5/15 Premier League Champion Semi Final
1996 Champion Premier League 2nd Round Runner-up
1997 3/15 Premier League 2nd Round Group Stage
1998 5/12 Premier League Runner-up Semi Final
1999 4/10 Premier 1 Semi Final Group Stage
2000 11/12 Premier 1 1st Round Group Stage
2001 Runner-up Premier 2 Semi Final Group Stage
2002 3/14 Premier 1 Quarter Final Runner-up
2003 4/13 Premier 1 Semi Final Runner-up
2004 6/8 Super League Quarter Final Semi Final
2005 8/8 Super League Quarter Final Group Stage
2006 4/8 Premier League (Group B) 1st Round Group Stage
2007 6/11 Premier League Quarter Final Semi Final
2008 4/13 Premier League Quarter Final Group Stage
2009 9/13 Premier League 1st Round Group Stage
2010 2/12 Premier League 1st Round Group Stage



Performances In The Regional Tournaments

1996: Second Round


LinkLiga M-Sabah FA 2003


Former players

Local players
Malaysia Sabah Matlan Marjan
Malaysia Sabah Hassan Sani
Malaysia Sabah James Wong
Malaysia Selangor Sharil Arsat
Malaysia Selangor Asmawi Bakiri
Malaysia Selangor Mohd Fareed Shah Hassan
Malaysia Selangor Mohd Gadaffi M Karim
Malaysia Yap Wai Loon
Malaysia Shahrin Majid
Malaysia Pahang Khairul Azman Mohamed
Malaysia M. Pavalamani
Malaysia Selangor Kalasigaram Sanbagamaran
Malaysia Selangor Ahmad Tharmini Saiban
Malaysia Sunder Selveraju
Malaysia Johor Rosdee Sulong
Malaysia Malacca Ong Kim Swee
Malaysia Kelantan Mohd. Nafuzi Zain
Import players
Australia Robert Gaspar
Australia Malaysia Scott Ollerenshaw
Bosnia and Herzegovina Veselin Kovacevic
Bosnia and Herzegovina Seslija Milomir
Brazil André Scotti Ossemer
Brazil André Ronaldo de Souza Esposito
Brazil Felipe Veras Melo
Brazil Julio Rodriguez
Brazil Junior
Brazil Felipe Melo
Croatia Branko Panic
Croatia Zdravko Šimić
Czech Republic Miroslav Denk
Czech Republic Miroslav Janu
Czech Republic Jaroslav Netolička
Czech Republic Vítězslav Tuma
Czech Republic Michal Vana
England Paul Bastock
England Jamie Phoenix
England David Rocastle
England James Rodwell
Gabon Safou Lassi
Hong Kong Tim Bredbury
Liberia Joseph Amoah
Liberia Josiah Seton
Namibia Paulus Shipanga
New Zealand Chris Zoricich
Nigeria Udensi Christopher Ikechukwu
Nigeria Charles Obi
Saint Kitts and Nevis Keith Gumbs
Saint Kitts and Nevis Ian Lake
South Africa Dumisa Ngobe
Sudan Ahmed El Sayed El Fatih

Manager

Year Manager
1999 Malaysia Goh Thian Chuan
2000-01 Malaysia Osman Jamal
2004-05 Malaysia Mohd Joehari Mohd Ayub
2006-09 Malaysia Abdul Rahman Datuk Mohd Zakaria
2009 Malaysia Mohd Asyraaf Fong Abdullah
2010- Australia Gary Phillips

Coaches

Year Manager
1989-90 England Frank Upton
1990-92 England Roy Lorenson
1992-95 Czech Republic Oldřich Sedláček
1995-96 Malaysia Kelly Tham
1996-97 Australia Ron Smith
1998 England Ken Shellito
1999 Malaysia Justin Ganai
1999 Australia Ken Worden
2000-01 England David Woodfield
2001-04 Australia Peter Butler
2004-05 Portugal Jose Antonio Rocha Garrido
2005-06 Malaysia Justin Ganai
2007-08 Croatia Drago Mamic
2008-09 Iraq Wathiq Naji Jasim
2009 Malaysia Mohd Asyraaf Fong Abdullah
2010- Australia Gary Phillips


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