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Business as usual for Rhinos

11th September, 2017

By FRANCIS XAVIER

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Juil Nuatim said they will not take their remaining three fixtures lightly despite the fact that they have already secured their Premier League stay.

The Sabah Rhinos team manager said efforts have been made to ensure the players are ready physically and mentally.

The team had a training stint in Ranau recently and friendly matches to keep the players match fit. “Our head coach is one who always wants the team to be ready at all times. When the team is given a long holiday, he would cut it shorter. Because if we train, train and train and then we go for a one-week break, it will not be effective.

“In fact, we made early preparations to face the last three games and the head coach always works hard to ensure the player’s stamina is at a good level. And the head coach wants the preparation despite knowing that results in these last three games will have no effect on the team’s Premier League status.

“We want to maintain our run of unbeaten games (in the league)...to keep the momentum intact. That is what the coach wants thus the preparation because if we do not conduct it now, we may face problems later on.

Sabah Rhinos’ preparations include training stints in Ranau, which both Juil and Jelius agreed as ideal place for team building as well as playing in a couple friendly matches.

On Saturday, Sabah Rhinos won easily against Papar Selection 3-0. Two weeks ago they demolished Ranau Selection 6-0.

Juil said that although they were playing against a team who are not as strong, the tie could at least give players minutes on the pitch as part of their preparation.

The manager hopes that by bringing the state senior squad to Papar for the first time ever, it will have a huge impact on the development of the sport in the district.

He was happy to see the good turnout from the Papar public, especially the youngsters. He believes the opportunity to watch their favourite players up close could instill interest among them to pick up the sport.

Sabah Rhinos will resume their league challenge at home to Perlis on September 9 and followed by the away test against Kuala Lumpur on September 26 before concluding their season with a home tie against Negeri Sembilan on October 27.

They are unbeaten in their last four matches (three wins and one draw) are currently seventh in the 12-team Premier League on 24 points with seven wins, three draws and nine losses.

   
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