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Sunday, April 15, 2001

M-League - Sabah keep Cops at bay

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah came back from a first minute goal to down Police 3-1 in a Premier Two match at the Penampang Stadium yesterday. The three points pushed Sabah to second spot behind Johor FC with nine points.

Baharuddin Othman fired Police into the lead even before the 4,000 crowd - the best so far this season - had time to even warm their seats on a chilly afternoon, giving them cause to jeer the home side.

And on the slippery pitch, the homesters took quite a while to settle down. It was only in the 23rd minute that they finally managed to draw level.

Receiving a cross from flanker Madzalan Emoi, Henry Soimpon unleashed a stiff grounder from inside the box which beat Police goalkeeper Zainuddin Yusof.

That was all Sabah needed. They ran rings around their opponents but though they had ample scoring opportunities, the goals failed to come.

But on the stroke of half time, Sabah's leading hit man Suharmin Yusof gave them the lead when he headed the ball in after connecting Shahril Arsat's cross.

After the breather, Sabah resumed their attacks and Shahrin Majid ensured that his goal-a-game continued, when he finished up a brilliant solo effort to put the ball beyond the reach of Zainuddin in the 56th minute.

Meanwhile, Johor FC whipped JKR Kedah 4-0 at the Darul Aman Stadium, to stay on top of the Premier Two football league. All the goals by the visitors were scored in the first half of the game.

JKR Kedah dominated the first 15 minutes of the game but soon after Azni Ariffin scored the first goal for Johor FC in the 16th minute, the visitors were then in control.

The second goal for Johor FC came in the 26th minute through Sheikh Ahmad Redzuan Abu Bakar while Eddy Helmi Abdul Manan made it 3-0 for the visitors with his header in the 29th minute. Hairy Azly Mahamad sealed the game for Johor FC 4-0 when he converted the penalty in the 43rd minute.

JKR Kedah were determined to narrow down the deficit in the second half but luck was not with them.

In Kota Bahru, JKR Kelantan and TNB Kelantan drew 1-1 at the Stadium Sultan Mohamed IV.

TNB scored through Nordin Mohd Shukri in the 51st minute while Rosli Rejab equalised for JKR in the 65th minute with a powerful shot which beat TNB keeper Wan Kamarulzaman Mohamed.

In Kuala Lumpur, Telekom Melaka drew 1-1 with Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.

ATM took the lead in the 22nd minute through a free-kick taken by skipper S.

Ragu outside the box while Telekom Melaka equalised through Rahim Salam in the 55th minute.

Meanwhile, Sabah's reserve league coach, Awang Sabtu Jamil will opt for a 4-4-2 formation when they take on Pahang in their first away tie in the President's Cup League campaign today.

The reason behind this, said Awang, is to strengthen the midfield department, which he described as their weak point in their 0-2 defeat to Sarawak in the opener last week. In that first match, Awang used the 4-3-3 system.

"Last year, we also used the 4-4-2 system and during our training, the boys can adapt to the system. In the Sarawak clash, our midfield did not function well, so with an additional one man there, I hope it will work," he said yesterday.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin Sunday

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Football - UAE show no mercy

There were no surprises last night at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium as the goal-fest that was widely expected truly materialised with the United Arab Emirates thumping a sorry Brunei side 12-0 in their World Cup qualifying match.

There was truly no two ways to describe UAE's dominance. Fitter, stronger, technically better, there was always only one result with the question being just how many goals the visitors would be able to put past the Brunei goalkeeper Ibrahim Abu Bakar.

Brunei's scourge last night proved to be the energetic striker Yaser Salem Salleh Ali whose five goals did not really tell the whole story of his all-round contribution to the game, causing Brunei countless problems with his pace and intelligent running. It was a horrendous start for Brunei as they found themselves a goal down with the game barely a minute old, all talk of frustrating the visitors from UAE going down the drain.

A simple through-ball played behind the defence allowed Yaser Salem to slot home beyond Ibrahim, silencing the sparse home crowd that had braved the torrential downpour to support their national team. Brunei had to recompose themselves but they did so only momentarily until the 12th minute when Yaser Salem turned provider by breaking free down the right and squaring the ball for his strike partner Mohamed Omar Ahmed to tap in at the near post.

After constant pressure, the third goal came in the 27th minute, Mohamed Ibrahim Hussain on hand to tap in after Ibrahim could only parry Fahed Masoud Ali Masoud's effort. If it wasn't apparent earlier, the difference in class between the sides was now beginning to show itself in full force, UAE passing the ball about with incredible ease while Brunei's youngsters struggled to even string together four decent passes.

UAE were really looking threatening from all sections of the park and it came as no surprise when they scored their fourth goal in the 38th minute through Subait Khater Fayel, albeit with more than a hint of offside attached to the goal. Mohamed Omar scored his second of the game in injury time of the first period to bring the scoreline to 5-0 but any thoughts of the visitors letting up in the second half were soon vanquished as UAE came out with only one thought on their mind, and that was to add to the ever-increasing scoreline.

They didn't have to wait long as substitute Abdul Salam Jumaa Anbar scored UAE's sixth just four minutes into the second half, the goal coming as a result of unrelenting pressure. Brunei's captain Ali Momin had a hand in scoring UAE's seventh when he put the ball into his own net, slicing his attempted clearance into the corner of the net.

Yasir Salem, who had opened the scoring in the first minute, scored UAE's next two goals to register his hat-trick, his consecutive brace coming in the 58th and 67th minute. His first goal was a cheeky effort through the legs of the advancing Ibrahim while his second a clinical finish, curling the ball beyond the hapless Ibrahim.

Not content with just the hat-trick Yasir Salem took it upon himself to pour on the misery for Brunei scoring in the 75th and 81st minute respectively with Fahed Masoud Ali Masoud's deflected free-kick rounding off the scoring in injury time.

(By Benny Ang)

Source: Borneo Bulletin Sunday

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Badminton - Neighbours to play in Sultans' Cup

LANGKAWI: Teams from Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand are expected to participate in the Sultans' Cup badminton championships here from Sept 10-14.

The organisers, Kedah Malays Badminton Association (KMBA), have sent out invitations to the national associations of these countries.

The teams from Indonesia who have been invited to take part are Medan and Acheh while the Thai shuttlers would come from Satun and Pattani teams.

The KMBA president, Mohd Puat Mohd Ali, said that they would also invite state teams to play in the championships, which would have 11 events, including men's and women's singles and team events.

Enquiries should be directed to the KMBA secretary, Ashri Omar, c/o Sungai Petani Municipal Council, 08000 Sungai Petani.

Source: BERNAMA

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Saturday, April 14, 2001

Football - Mission impossible for Brunei against UAE

It's looking like mission impossible for Brunei's World Cup team now as they take on a powerful United Arab Emirates team tonight at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium who are still seething over their crushing loss to India last week.

The 1-0 loss to India was exactly the result that Brunei did not want to see as all it will do is give the UAE players greater motivation to prove to the world that news of their demise has been greatly exaggerated.

The need for points is now a case of immediate urgency as the UAE will not want to fall further behind India in the race to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.

But barring a major miracle, it is unlikely that Brunei will be able to get anything out of this match and the key priority for the home team will undoubtedly be to keep the scoreline respectable.

Not to be a bearer of bad tidings but a 5-0 home defeat to Yemen was hardly the ideal preparation for this match.

UAE and India are widely regarded as light years ahead of the competition in this group, a fact that even the Yemen coach was keen to acknowledge last week.

So now it seems a case of just how many goals UAE will win. If you find it hard to believe just ask the Brunei coach Zainuddin Hj Kassim.

Even before the match last week, Zainuddin was quick to point out that his main message to the players this week will be to concentrate fully for the 90 minutes and just play to the best of their ability.

Without a doubt, Zainuddin will be happy to see the scoreline kept to single figures.

The key tonight will be how long Brunei can keep UAE out for that first goal. If they can defend resolutely and keep UAE from scoring early on then respectability will be easy to attain.

But should the visitors crack open the Brunei defence in the early moments, then be prepared for the floodgates to open.

At least then the spectators will get value for money because the likelihood is they will get to see plenty of goals.

Just for the record, Brunei's last heavy defeat came at the hands of the Japanese as they sunk to a 9-0 defeat in Macau last year in the Asian Cup qualifying rounds.

But that was a different side and a different coach. Mick Jones had his best players to call upon then but the side that takes to the pitch tonight is clearly a makeshift side and one that will struggle to keep pace with the professionalism and tenacity of the UAE side.

Add to the fact that this team was put together just seven days or so before their first match last week against Yemen and it's clear to see just why this is such an obvious case of men against boys tonight.

The Malaysian League side who have ample rest till next Friday will likely be at the stadium tonight to cheer their compatriots but it is unlikely to count for much.

UAE are a class of true international stature and not many expected India to pull off that major surprise last week. But as they say, beware of the wounded tiger and that is certainly what UAE are.

Both UAE and India are expected to get maximum points from their encounters with Yemen and Brunei and if UAE can get that home win against India when the two sides meet again in Dubai then whichever team has the better goal difference is likely to go through to the next phase.

That cannot be anything but a frightening thought for the Brunei team tonight.

But Bruneians have developed somewhat of a fighting spirit in recent times and if they can muster some of it tonight and frustrate their opponents with some dogged defending and resilient play, then at least they can walk tall before their set on their arduous road trip.

But lose the slightest bit of concentration and you can bet that UAE will be in no mood to let Brunei off the hook.

(By Benny Ang)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Basketball - Eight teams for basketball honours

The schedule for the basketball tournament of the 5th Pesta Sukan Kebangsaan was released yesterday at the team managers' meeting held at the office of the Chung Hwa Middle School Students' Association, Gadong.

The meeting was chaired by Chan Sui Kiat, the Organising Chairman, with representatives from all participating teams present to discuss issues pertaining to the tournament.

The tournament will be divided into a men and women section with five teams participating in the men's division and three teams competing in the women's.

The five teams in the men's division are Belait District, Tutong District, Brunei-Muara District, QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd and Royal Brunei Airlines Sdn Bhd while the women's division will comprise of just the Belait District, Brunei Muara District and the Tutong District.

The round-robin format will be used for the competition with two points being awarded for a win.

The team with the most points at the end will be declared the winner.

The tournament will be from April 22-28 at the Chung Hwa Middle School.

(By Benny Ang)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Karate - Sabah's Karatekas eyeing 7th National crown

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah are in a mean mood to claim the overall crown for the seventh consecutive time in the upcoming National Junior Karate Championship to be held in Penang from April 21 to 22.

A total of 24 exponents comprising 12 boys and girls are currently attending centralised training under the watchful eyes of several coaches in the likes of Loh Beng Hooi, Julian Chin, Alan Loh, Kennedy Matta and Valerie Wong.

The centralised training that began on April 9 saw the exponents undergoing two training sessions per day – morning (9-11am) and afternoon (4-6pm) before they depart for Penang on April 18.

"We are hoping to win the overall crown again," said Sabah Karate Association vice-president and referees chairman Loh Beng Hoi to New Sabah Times Sport yesterday.

Added Loh: "For us to win the championship, we have to win five or six gold medals. At the moment, our chances of making it…I would say is 85 per cent."

"But it is going to be a tough one because teams from the other states, I believe are also preparing well for the championship. Penang, Kuala Lumpur as well as Malacca are quite strong and we too have to prepare well," Loh pointed out.

"I also learnt that Sarawak, who just recently formed an association (Sarawak Karate Association) are also prepared, but I don’t know whether they would be sending a team," said Loh.

Asked on the progress of his exponents, Loh said that since yesterday was only the fourth day of training, he has yet to evaluate the exponents.

"For those exponents from outside Kota Kinabalu, they’ve just arrived and they’re a bit tired. So, now I just have to brush them up and only by Monday will I make my analysis," he explained.

To a question on who is his best bet for gold Loh named several potential exponents.

He said that their team kata for both the boys’ and girls’ categories comprising Hisham Michael, Alex Wong and Daniel Michael (boys) and Stella Tan, Joan Leong and Irene Wong look good for gold medals.

He said that they also have a good prospect of winning gold medals in both the boys and girls team kumite events.

Besides that Loh pointed out that Zuzaza Leong and Hisham Michael are their best bets to deliver the results in the individual kata, while in the individual kumite once again they would be pinning their hopes on Hisham, Harry John, Annie Henry and Melissa Fung.

(By Francis Xavier)

Source: New Sabah Times

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M-League - It works (for Sabah)!

(KL MALAY MAIL-SABAH MATCH REVIEW BY FRANCIS XAVIER)

KOTA KINABALU: It was the counter attack strategy that did the damage for the Rhinos in their convincing 3-0 victory over KL Malay Mail, that helped them leapfrog from sixth to third placing in the Premier Two standings.

Two first-half goals and one after the interval by Shahrin Majid and Suharmin Yusof all came from the counter attacks.

"We just played the counter attack game and our opponents did most of the attacking and our defence tightly defended our half. The opposition had a lot of corners – too many corners – but we scored all three goals through counter attacks," Rhinos’ coach Ken Worden commented upon the team’s arrival at the airport here yesterday.

"After the first two goals scored by Shahrin and Suharmin, we just protected what we had and added another goal towards the end of the game to seal our victory," he added.

"It was a solid performance all round from the players. But we have to do a bit more on attacking, but of course the morale of the players is affected by some of the things that are going on. It is not giving a lot of encouragement in the way that they are playing with a bit of free spirit and I think they are tired mentally as well," the no-nonsense coach stressed.

The Aussie is also relieved to see that none of his players got injured in the match, except for Suharmin and Md Reithuddin Awang Embran, who according to him got hard knocks, but he is optimistic that they would recover on time for this weekend’s match against Police.

Worden is also happy to see that none of his players were booked during the match.

To a question on what he expects this Saturday against Police, Worden said: "I don’t want to make any prediction. We just have to carry on working and keeping ourselves focused now that we have moved into the top three (in the standings).

"Now we have to start consolidating because Johor FC are playing three hard games and we only…I would say one hard, but we are in there and in another three or four weeks the league will start to level out.

"Then we will see where we are and we will know what to challenge for, but I don’t want to make any predictions this weekend. But we need the fans to come and support the team and help us just like what they have been doing…helping us to win the game," Worden said.

"We’ll just carry on with our vision to get back to the Premier One," he reiterated.

For the record, this was Sabah’s second consecutive victory in the league after their fine showing in the FA Cup challenge where they are among the quarterfinalists.

From the three outings in the league, they also seemed to improve what they lacked last season – the finishing touch. From the last three outings, the

Rhinos have scored an amazing seven goals and conceded only one.

And it was the deadly pair of Suharmin and Shahrin that did the damage for the Rhinos, as it was the duo whose two names were on the scorer’s list.

Suharmin scored one in their 1-3 defeat to Johor FC in the opener and netted a double in the 3-0 victory over Kelantan TNB, while Shahrin netted one.

But this time it was Shahrin who claimed the double, while Suharmin nodded one.

On Saturday, Sabah will take on Police at the Penampang Stadium and a win will definitely strengthen their grip among the top three teams.

Source: New Sabah Times

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Friday, April 13, 2001

M-League - Sabah stroll to victory

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah defeated KL Malay Mail 3-0 in a Premier Two match at the Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium in Cheras on Wednesday night.

Striker Shahrin Majid scored the first goal in the 21st minute from a short distance beating KL Malay Mail goalie Mohd Zaidi Mohd Hanifa.

The visitors extended the lead to 2-0 just two minutes later through former national player Suharmin Yusof. His shot from a 15-metre distance could not be saved by Mohd Zaidi.

KL Malay Mail did not give up and controlled the game with a series of attacks but Sabah keeper Khairul Azman Mohamad managed to save all attempts at goal.

In the 75th minute, Shahrin scored again for Sabah after receiving a pass from Henry Soimpon. He dribbled past Mohd Zaidi before sending the ball into the open goal.

"We just played the counter-attack game while our opponents did most of the attacking and our defence tightly defended our half. The opposition had a lot of corners - too many corners in fact," Rhinos coach Ken Worden commented upon the team's arrival at the KK airport yesterday.

"After the first two goals scored by Shahrin and Suharmin, then we just protected what we had and added another goal towards the end of the game to seal our victory," he added.

"It was a solid performance all round from the players. But we have to do a bit more on attacking but of course the morale of the players is affected by some of the things that are going on.

"And is not giving a lot of encouragement in the way that they are playing with a bit of free spirit and I think they are tired mentally as well," the no-nonsense coach stressed.

The Aussie is also relief to see that none of his players got hurt in the match, except for Suharmin and Md Reithuddin Awang Embran, who according to him got hard knocks, but optimistic that they would recover in time for this weekend's match against Police.

Worden is also happy that none of his players got booked in the match.

To a question on what he expect this Saturday against Police, Worden said: "I don't want to make any prediction. We just have to carry on working and keeping ourselves focus now that we have moved into the top three (in the standings).

"Now we have to start to consolidate because Johor FC are playing three hard games and we only ... I would say one hard, but we are in there and in another three or four weeks the league will start to level out.

"Then we will see where we are and we will know what to challenge for, but I don't want to make any predictions this weekend. But we need the fans to come and support the team and help us just like what they have been doing helping us to win the game," Worden said.

For the record, this was Sabah's second consecutive victory in the league after their fine showing in the FA Cup challenge where they are among the quarterfinalists.

From the three outings in the league, they also seemed to improve what they lacked last season - the finishing touch. From the last three outings, the Rhinos had scored an amazing seven goals and conceding only one.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Football - Brunei-Muara District favourites

The draw for the football competition of the Pesta Sukan Kebangsaan was carried out yesterday at the Ministry of Development Building, Berakas with representatives from the eight teams present.

Carried out under the supervision of BAFA Vice-President Pg Ali Hassan and BAFA Secretary-General Pg Hj Matusin, the draw divided the eight teams into two groups of four with the top two in each group advancing to the semifinals.

The tournament is being organised by the Department of Youth and Sports as part of the 5th Pesta Sukan Kebangsaan, a nationwide festival of sports, and BAFA will be coordinating the smooth running of the tournament.

Group A will comprise of Royal Brunei Airlines, Belait District, Brunei-Muara District and Brunei Shell while Group B will consist of Tutong District, QAF Brunei, Temburong District and the Association of Banks.

The groups will be played in a round-robin format with each team playing each other once and the top two teams will progress to the knock-out stages.

The favourites to win as expected are the Brunei-Muara District team as they have the biggest pool of players to choose from but the other districts will be looking to cause one or two upsets.

While the actual Pesta Sukan Kebangsaan will start on April 22, the football competition will start earlier with the first matches being played on April 20.

The matches will be played at the Berakas Sports Complex and the Belapan Padang.

(By Benny Ang)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Thursday, April 12, 2001

M-League - Crippled backline is Crocs' main worry

JOHOR BARU: A crippled backline is Sarawak coach Jalil Ramli's major concern following the 1-1 draw against Pahang at the State Stadium in Kuching on Tuesday.

Jalil will be without his tough tackling defender Zaidel Sakup for this Saturday's Premier I match against bottom-placed Johor at the Larkin Stadium here.

Zaidel is out on a one-match suspension for having received two yellow cards.

"The backline is punctured either with injuries or suspensions. This is very disturbing. I have never had the same backline for any one match,'' said Jalil from Kuching yesterday.

Among the injured defenders are veterans Bobby Chua and Dahlan Matussin and youngster Roziman Ramli. Roziman's right ankle is still in plaster and he is likely to be out of action for another month.

Dahlan has yet to fully recover from torn ligaments in his left knee but he came on as a substitute in the second half against Pahang.

Bobby, who suffered a hairline fracture in his cheekbone in a FA Cup tie against Kelantan last month, is also nursing an ankle injury.

Jalil said that he would have a look at the players in training today before naming his side for the trip to Johor Baru.

He hopes that striker G. Muthu will be available to play against Johor. Muthu suffered a groin injury in the match against Malacca on April 3. He did not play against Penang last week and against Pahang.

On the draw against Pahang, Jalil said that the excellence of goalkeeper Mudzar Mohamed prevented them from chalking up a win.

"Mudzar was at his best. He stopped all our attempts except for one. I also give credit to Pahang for their fighting spirit,'' said Jalil.

Pahang coach and manager Yunus Alif said that the draw against Sarawak was as good as a win.

"It's never easy to beat Sarawak in Kuching. We have many new players in the team and it was the first time that they were playing in front of a vociferous crowd. I'm glad they passed the test,'' said Yunus.

(By Rizal Abdullah)

Source: The Star

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