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Friday, May 04, 2001

M-League - Johor FC still lead by 4 points

KOTA KINABALU - Johor FC's winning streak came to an end when they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly KL Malay Mail (KLMM) in a Premier II match at the KL Football Stadium in Cheras on Wednesday.

To compound their misery, Idris Karim, their goalscorer in the 61st minute, was sent off in the 77th minute for a second bookable offence.

Mohamed Sham Mohamed Noor equalised for KLMM in the 65th minute.

But they still lead the standings by four points with Sabah as their closest rival - though Brunei with two matches in hand, could be in third if they win all six points.

KLMM deserve praise for their gritty performance. In fact, even when Johor FC took the lead in the 61st minute through Idris, they never gave up.

Idris' goal was a beauty, with the former international lobbing the out-of-position KLMM goalkeeper Zaidi Mohamed Hanifa.

KLMM took just four minutes to hit back when Mohamed Sham's piledriver from the edge of the penalty box left Johor FC goalkeeper G. Jeevananthan stranded.

The visitors piled on the pressure but their task was made even more difficult when Idris was ejected in the 77th minute for a second yellow card.

KLMM, however, were unable to capitalise on the advantage and Johor FC's unbeaten record remained intact.

Looking at the situation, the Premier II League may very well turn into a two-horse race between club side Johor FC and Sabah, with Brunei prodding them on, provided they can maintain their consistency.

Sabah, after their shock defeat at the start, to none other than Johor FC, have regained their form only to see it shattered against Brunei, but after Monday's win over Malacca Telekom, seem to be back on the right track.

"We still stand a good chance of winning the title if we continue to win.

"Against Brunei that day, we were without three of our key players (Jelius Ating and Shahrin Majid - suspension and K. Sanbagamaran - injury). So, it is obvious that Jelius plays an important part in the defence and without him our defence looks vulnerable," said team manager Datuk Lawrence Gimbang.

"Against Brunei, we controlled the game, but unfortunately they scored.

"Sometimes luck is not with you all the time and I congratulate the players for their job well done against Malacca Telekom," said Gimbang, who is also the FA deputy president.

Commenting on the Rhinos' victory over Malacca Telekom, Gimbang, said: "I congratulate Zainizam for his two-goal feat and I have always believed that he is a good player.

"He proved himself against Malacca Telekom. In the match, he played a brilliant game."

Based on their records so far, Sabah look good for the crown provided that they can maintain their consistency. They've won five out of seven matches.

As for high-riding Johor FC, they proved to be unstoppable.

There are four more matches left in the first round and winning three of the matches will see Johor FC firmly leading the rest in the table standings.

But Brunei, who stunned Sabah last week and then suffered a shock 0-1 defeat to NS Chempaka on Monday, will have to be more consistent if they ever dream of securing one of the three promotion slots from the division.

Kelantan JKR, who finished in third spot last year, are pretty much in the hunt for the top three places. Currently they are in third spot, behind Johor FC and Sabah after collecting 10 points from seven matches - two wins, four draws and one defeat.

But the performance of Kedah so far is indeed startling. Once tagged as among the 'big boys' Kedah are languishing in the middle of the standings.

Their 0-3 defeat to Kelantan TNB at home must have been the biggest blow, coming soon after they were beaten by Johor FC 2-0 at the same venue.

Unless they buck up, it looks like the club sides will overshadow Kedah. There will be no matches this weekend.

The next fixtures will be on May 7.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Biking - Road and mountain bike races

The Brunei Darussalam Bicycle Federation will organise a men's open road race and a mountain bike race.

The road race (120km mass start and children race) on May 20 will start at 8am and 8.30am respectively at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

The mountain bike race (cross-country and downhill) will be held on May 27 at 8.30am and 2.30pm respectively at the Bukit Shahbandar Recreation Parks.

For details and entry forms contact Haji Rosli Haji Mohidin at the Department of Youth and Sports 08-713468 or 02-383322; or Triple Star cycling shop in Kiulap.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Thursday, May 03, 2001

Badminton - QAF top table

QAF Brunei convincingly beat NBT Toyota Brunei 14-3 on Tuesday night to top the league standings of the QAF Corporate Badminton League 2001, sponsored by Ashaway and Coca-Cola.

The win leaves QAF Brunei with a maximum nine points from their three wins while NBT Brunei, who displayed credible fighting spirit, have yet to register their first win.

In action for QAF Brunei and playing in all three categories, singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles, was Prince Abdul Qawi, Executive Deputy Chairman and Director of QAF Brunei, who won all three of his matches.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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M-League - Terengganu hold five points lead

KOTA KINABALU - Terengganu are going great guns in the Premier I soccer League. After six matches, they top the standings with 22 points and now hold a five-point lead over their closest rivals.

On Tuesday night they smashed Penang's unbeaten home record when they beat the homesters 1-0 in a top of the Premier One table clash at the Batu Kawan Stadium.

Inspite of playing on home ground, Penang failed to unseat the Turtle's impressive run and finally had to bow out after conceding a goal to Sapian Wahid in the 32nd minute.

The goal came of a mistake by 'keeper Kamaruzzaman Hassan who failed to make a clean clearance of Sapian's header. The Terengganu striker quickly pounced on the loose ball before ramming home for the only goal of the game.

Sarawak, once almost unbeatable in their lair, were given another rude shock

when they were beaten 1-0 by a young Kelantan side at the State Stadium. Last week they had lost to Terengganu at the same venue.

Arman Zairi Md Johan's goal after 13 minutes was enough to send the "Crocs" into submission. The homesters had to eat humble pie again as the visitors refused to be intimidated by the awesome atmosphere at the State Stadium, a cauldron for many other teams in the past.

Sarawak were the more aggressive side after the kick-off but K. Rajagobal's boys managed to absorb the pressure before Arman Zairi's killer blow after 13 minutes.

Perak shocked Perlis with a 4-0 win in a Premier One football match at Stadium Utama, with striker Muhamad Khalid Jamlus scoring a hattrick. The result was surprising as the Northern Lions were not expected to go down at home, while Perak had not been impressive so far this season.

Muhamad Khalid opened accounts as early as the fourth minute when he pushed the ball into the goal after it bounced back upon hitting the bar. The 24-year-old striker made it 2-0 for Perak when he scored from a penalty kick in the 24th minute.

The kick was awarded after his teammate Indera Putra Mahayudin was harshly tackled by Mohamad Feriza Ismail. Khalid completed a hattrick in the 68th minute when he headed in the ball sent by Indera Putra.

Substitute Liew Kit Kong, who replaced M.Nagaraja in the second half, scored the other goal in the 47th minute. It was on the whole Perak's night although the homesters did not easily give in until the second half.

Substitute Shariful Hisham Ibrahim was the toast of the Kuala Lumpur team as he scored the winning goal in the final seconds against Negeri Sembilan at the Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium in Cheras.

Shariful Hisham, who replaced M. Eswaran five minutes before the end, had the city team's fans cheering as he scored just when it was thought that both sides would be sharing points. He managed to connect a corner kick taken from the right side with a grounder to the right corner of the goal.

Earlier, Farid Dewan scored the equaliser for Kuala Lumpur in the 84th minute after Negeri Sembilan took the lead in the 78th minute through young striker Yusafizan Johar. Yusafizan, who scored the winning goal against Selangor last Saturday, cleverly beat the KL defence including keeper Kamarul Idham Amiruddin to find the net.

But the homesters' joy was shortlived as Farid equalised with a header after receiving a cross from Eswaran from the middle of the pitch.

For the Deers, yesterday's result is a continuation of the trend of losing their away matches. Although they generally controlled the game in the first half, they could not score goals due to poor finishing.

In the second-half, Negeri Sembilan's grip loosened somewhat as the city boys worked hard to find a goal. Both teams were let down by poor finishing until the goals came towards the end.

Selangor notched their second victory in the Premier One football tournament with a 1-0 win over Melaka at the Shah Alam Stadium. The solitary goal was scored in the seventh minute by fullback D. Surendran from a freekick.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Taekwondo - Sabah taekwondoists bag 40 golds

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah taekwondoists, including Malaysia Games aspirants, collected a massive 40 gold medals out of 86 at stake in the just concluded Brunei National Sports Carnival, which ended on Sunday.

The taekwondo event gave Sabah's Sukma exponents all the warm-ups they need and it also gave coaches the good opportunity to gauge and assess the trainees. The State Sukma squad comprising 10 exponents managed to prove their worth by returning with nine gold medals and a silver medal, with the exception of Leonard Teo, who failed to deliver. The State contingent also collected six gold medals in the individual Poomse events from Kanis Lubungan, Yong Thau Lek, Helena Payon and Firdaus, while the State Poomse team managed to grab two gold medals from the men's and ladies' teams.

The self-sponsored State junior squad (under-17) however, stamped their mark by grabbing a total of 20 gold medals and a bronze throughout the carnival, and the senior team added another three gold medals to bring the overall golden haul to 40 from the various events and numerous categories.

An elated United Sabah Taekwondo Association (USTA) president David Chong said the excellent outing could easily bring about a tremendous impact to taekwondo development in Sabah and most important, their aggressive preparations for the Sukma.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Wednesday, May 02, 2001

M-League - Sarawak beaten, Perak triumph

KUCHING: Newly-promoted Kelantan continued to defy the formbooks, collecting three valuable away points by scoring a narrow 1-0 upset win over Sarawak at the Sarawak Stadium here last night.

Arman Zairi Mohd Johan was Kelantan's hero, scoring the winning goal in the 13th minute.

The homesters, who were humbled by another East Coast side Terengganu recently, had to eat humble pie again as the visitors refused to be intimidated by the partisan home crowd at the Sarawak Stadium.

The win lifted Kelantan to second in the standings behind East Coast neighbours Terengganu. They now have 17 points from eight matches, five behind the Turtles.

At the Stadium Utama in Kangar, striker Mohamed Khalid Jamlus scored a hattrick to steer Malaysia Cup champions Perak to a convincing 4-0 win over Perlis.

Khalid, who returned to action recently after a two-month ban by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for indiscipline, opened the scoring after only four minutes.

He added the second in the 24th minute to give Perak a 2-0 half-time lead.

Liew Kit Kong added the third in the 47th minute and Khalid completed his hattrick in the 68th minute.

It was Perak's first away win of the season.

Source: The Star

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Football - United fever

Soccer fans of Manchester United in Brunei Darussalam are gripped with excitement about the upcoming match between Manchester United and Singapore at the National Stadium in the Lion City on July 24.

Rahman, 20, a die-hard fan of the Red Devils said that he will definitely be in Singapore for the match as well as a few of his friends.

Several travel agencies have put up promotion packages for the match which include airfare, accommodation, match ticket and even gifts. According to a travel agent the response is encouraging.

(By Nur Abdullah)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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M-League - Sabah regain winning touch

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah regained their winning touch in the Premier II soccer League when they beat Telekom Melaka 2-0 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Tuesday night.

Young utility player, Zainizam Marjan showed his mettle by scoring both goals through headers, in the 37th and 49th minutes, to give Sabah their fifth win in seven matches.

His first goal came from a lob from midfield by Shahril Arsat. Four minutes into the second half, Zainizal headed in a corner kick taken by Rizal Awang Jad on the left.

Sabah now have 15 points, three behind Johor FC who did not play yesterday.

But three days ago, Sabah were stunned when they went down to a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Brunei at the Penampang Stadium here.

The defeat left many eyebrows raised, but Ken Worden's boys proved that even in adversity, they can bounce back and take on the opponents.

Ironically, Brunei crashed at home after three wins on the trot. NS Chempaka beat them by a solitary goal at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

In Kuala Lumpur, JKR Kelantan beat Armed Forces 1-0 at the KL Stadium in Cheras from a goal by Rosairil Asrol Mat Nor in the 66th minute. Rosairil easily beat goalkeeper Abdul Rahman Baba with a push from close range.

Three minutes earlier, JKR Kelantan wasted a chance when skipper Azman Ismail fumbled a penalty kick by sending the ball over the crossbar.

Forces launched repeated raids on the JKR Kelantan goalmouth in the last 15 minutes but their defence marshalled by Azman and former national player Zahasmi Ismail held firm.

Forces were reduced to 10 men in the 73rd minute when Mohd Zin Roslan was expelled for rough play.

At the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium near Kuala Lumpur, Police scored their first win with a 2-1 victory over JKR Kedah.

Police came back from a goal down in the first half to clinch three points and move up to second last in the table, just ahead of Kuala Lumpur Malay Mail who were not in action last night. Police now have five points from six matches.

Police were the early aggressors but JKR Kedah took the lead in the 7th minute through Zulkepli Salleh's shot.

Police drew level in the 61st minute when substitute P.Kathikesan beat JKR Kedah goalkeeper Hazizi Halim with a shot.

Six minutes later, Baharuddin Othman scored the winning goal when he headed in a beautiful cross from Shahrul Nizam Mustapa.

In Alor Setar, Kedah were defeated 3-0 by TNB Kelantan at the Stadium Darulaman.

The first goal in the 44th minute was caused by a defensive error committed by Kedah's Tan Cheng Hoe. He tried to pass the ball back to goalkeeper Tan Chong Aik but it was intercepted by TNB Kelantan's Hamdi Ibrahim who slotted the ball into the net.

TNB Kelantan's other goals came from Zainuddin Mohd Ariffin in the 55th minute and Ahmad Tahrin Yusof in the 75th minute.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Tuesday, May 01, 2001

M-League - Heartbreak at home as Brunei lost 0:1

Brunei came crashing back down to earth when they were defeated 1-0 by NS Chempaka last night at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium thanks to a lone strike in the 38th minute from former Malaysian national striker Azmi Mohamed.

With Riwandi Wahit suspended after picking up his second yellow card against Sabah, Mick Jones opted to go with the Kesuka pairing of Ak Shahrom Ismail and Afindi Yati Tuah while Shaiful Aznee retained his position in the defence.

It was a poor first half from Brunei for despite getting themselves into some useful positions the final ball was never of the quality required to break open the NS Chempaka defence that was being well marshalled by their sweeper and captain P.Saravanan.

As expected, Irwan Mohammad and Fadlin Galawat were the ones causing the most threat down the right flank but for some reason their final ball often failed to find the mark.

Brunei had the most possession of the first half but it was NS Chempaka that had the better chances, the first one coming in the third minute when Alizanda Sitom, looking strangely nervous in goal, let a shot from Azmi slip through his hands and over the bar.

It was Azmi that was looking dangerous and once again it was him that forced Alizanda into a finger-tip save in the 34th minute before his strike partner K.Nanthakumar wasted his opportunity just a minute later, firing just wide after a defensive lapse by Shaiful Aznee.

Brunei meanwhile continued to work hard while trying to create the openings for their strikers but were foiled on countless occasions by some poor passing as well as some resolute defending by their Malaysian opponents.

But the largest crowd of the season at the national stadium, around 6,000 who had turned up, were in for a shock as Azmi struck to give his side the lead.

A speculative cross from Md Faizal Yasan was met by the lively Azmi who headed in beyond the diving Alizanda to silence the crowd.

With a slender one-goal lead to their name, NS Chempaka looked content to sit back and defend in numbers making it extremely tough for Brunei to make any inroads in their attempts to equalise.

But Brunei were in no mood to lie down and accept defeat and set about pressurising their opponents. They nearly equalised in the 59th minute when Ak Shahrom was put through in on goal but under pressure from a retreating defender, the youngster scuffed his shot wide.

Then in the 69th minute, Radzi Tamat, who had earlier replaced Affindi, forced the NS keeper S.Ragesh into a fine save with a rasping first-time shot after some good work by Fadlin down the right again.

Sensing they had their opponents on the rope, Brunei continued to apply some heavy pressure from both flanks, but somehow this was just not their day as NS continued to defend in numbers.

By committing men forward, Brunei were leaving themselves susceptible to the counter-attack and NS could have doubled their lead in the 77th minute when K.Nanthakumar stole in on goal only to fire his shot wide.

Jones then opted for an all-out attack when he brought on the returning Radiman Rahman for Subhi Abdillah. Playing with three strikers Brunei still found all attempts to score go futile against a determined NS defence.

The loss brought an end to Brunei's three-game winning streak but still leaves Brunei in a decent position to qualify for promotion to Premier One.

(By Benny Ang)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Karate - Sabah shortlists Games karate team

KOTA KINABALU - With the 2002 Malaysia Games (Sukma) some 18 months away, Sabah's karate exponents have already been identified after a two-day trial was held over the weekend.

The top four contestants in each category have been shortlisted for training, and after a series of tests and centralised training, the best will be picked to represent Sabah in the biennial games, which Sabah will be hosting for the first time. After all the kata (boys and girls individual/team) events were completed on Saturday, a total of 11 kumite events of various categories were conducted by the Sabah Karate Association (SKA) in the hope of achieving their six-gold medal target for the Sukma.

Exponents from KK Dojo, Main Dojo, Keningau, Tenom, Tamparuli, Tambunan, Papar, Ranau and Kemabong attended the trials, where SKA will only name the best to don State colours for the Sukma.

SKA technical chief Loh Beng Hooi said after the trials that he was happy to see an improved performance by all participants, thus making their task of identifying potentials much easier. The trials were not a competition but the exponents fought hard amongst themselves in the hope of impressing the committee to get a call up to the State Sukma training squad. Loh reminded all those who finished among the top four spots in the various categories, that even though they were among those earmarked, it does not mean that they have already earned their Sukma slots. Instead they have to work even harder from now until next year (three months before the Sukma).

"They have to train very hard to maintain their form and there would be several more trials, state meets, national and international championships on the cards for them to prove their mettle and subsequently make it to the final squad," he said.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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