17th April, 2017
DIE-HARD FANS ... Sabah U-19 players and officials celebrate the team’s 1-0 win yesterday.
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Under-19 squad finally ended their five-match winless streak by defeating Perak 1-0 during their Youth Cup encounter at the Stadium Mini UPSI in Tanjung Malim, yesterday.
After registering three defeats and two draws in their previous five matches, the state junior team finally got their breakthrough, courtesy of Mohd Suzairee Samail’s spot kick in the 12th minute.
Team manager, Mohd Yassin Aman was delighted with the result which he and his young side have been aching for since their opening match of the season where they won 3-1 against KL Felda United.
“The boys are very happy that they were able to bring back the full three points to Sabah after failing to do so in previous matches.
“They played well despite only scoring one goal, but the result is what matters as we are looking to get our season back on track,” he said, when contacted after the match, yesterday.
Yassin added that after witnessing the senior team’s fighting spirit during their 2-1 victory over Kuantan FA on Friday, his players were eager to win the match.
“Their confidence and morale took a boost before the match and I must congratulate them for playing hard for Sabah as well as not letting our fans who flew here to support us, leave empty handed,” he said.
The victory sent Sabah to middle of the standings at press time with eight points out of seven games after starting the match from seventh place in Group B.
Meanwhile, the state President’s Cup squad will also be looking for their maiden win of the season as they host Perak in their Group B tie at Likas Stadium today at 4.15pm.
Justin Ganai’s boys have yet to register a win after drawing two and losing four of their six matches so far in the season.