Sabah lose to Harimau Muda 0-2 A at Home Match(15/5/2011)

Sabah who dominated the early exchanges, were given a rude shock when Izzaq Farris Ramlan scored a brace against the run of play..

Sabah fail to tame Harimau Muda A

Sabah failed to tame Harimau Muda A at their own backyard when they lost 2-0 in a Super League match at the Likas Stadium here today.

He headed in the first goal in 34th minute and added the second in the 79th minute after a costly mistake by defender Md Reithuddin Emran who gave away possession inside the box.

The Sabah-Harimau Muda A match was the only Super League match played today.

Gunning for a hat-trick

Sabah head coach Justin Ganai said he has no special strategy, but will treat Harimau Muda A like any other team when they meet the national side in a Malaysian Super League challenge at the Likas Stadium tonight.

Nevertheless, he added, the spirit of wanting to win is pretty high in the squad following their back to back victory over Negeri Sembilan and Pahang respectively.

Justin has recorded a 100 per cent record since taking over the hot seat from Gary Phillips, who was removed from his dual role as head coach and team manager.

They defeated Negeri Sembilan and Pahang with an identical scoreline of 2-0 at home.

“There will be no special plan or strategy, but we will play our usual game,” said Justin, while hinting that he is likely to stick to the same line-up in the win over Negeri Sembilan.

“If there is any change, it will be a minor one and will involve one player,” he added, pointing out that he is uncertain whether Julamri Muhammad will be fully fit for the clash after limping out with cramp against Negeri Sembilan.

“He reported for training after the game against Negeri Sembilan, but I have asked him to take a good rest. I’ll see how it goes today (yesterday), and if he is cleared to play, then I think we are likely to stick to the same players.

“If not, then I’m thinking about playing Rozaimi (Abd Rahman) at the left of midfield, but he prefers playing at the centre of midfield.

“I also thought of using Leopold (Alfonso Otong), but he has not been so promising in training. He needs to take things more seriously in training. I’m also thinking of Razlan (Oto), but he is not so convincing playing the role. We have one who is looking good at the position in Hariri (Mohd Safii), but he is a little bit too hot tempered, and could have seen red in our last game.

“In our position, we just could not afford any blunder or blunders, and need all 11 men on the field and try to win the match, so when it comes to picking up the first team, we will try to pick the best for the team, who we believe can deliver the points,” he added.

“As I have said earlier, we are still determined and have high spirit to continue with our winning run.

Our expectations of winning is high, but I firmly believe that if the players can play like they did against Negeri Sembilan and Pahang where spirit and determination were high, I’m quite confident of another victory,” said Justin.

Ask on Harimau Muda A, he said: “I do know the team, but I don’t really know much about their players. Nevertheless, we have to give them some respect, but not to the extent that we have conceded defeat.”

“But we respect them because they are above us in the standings, and this is another good reason for us to double our efforts and get the victory tomorrow,” he added.

The tie is the only Super League match tonight. It is a first round tie that was initially cancelled by the match official, but Sabah won their protest for the replay. The match kicks off at 8:15pm.

Harimau Muda is currently seventh in the 14-team standings on 23 points after 18 games, while Sabah in 12th with 18 points.

A victory over the Harimau Muda A will see them move three points clear from the relegation zone.

Sabah lose to Harimau Muda 0-2 A at Home Match(15/5/2011) Reviewed by admin Ucop on 8:01 PM Rating: 5

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