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Peter wants Tambadau fans to be the 12th man

26th June, 2019

By FRANCIS XAVIER

KOTA KINABALU: Local football fans have been urged to show their love and support towards glory-hunting Tambadau in the remainder of their Premier League challenge starting with the Borne Derby clash against Sarawak at Likas tonight.

In making the call yesterday, Sabah Football Association acting president Datuk Peter Anthony said fans can play a pivotal role in their bid to end their 23-year title drought.

Tambadau are firmly in the hunt for their first silverware since they won the country’s First Division crown, now known as the Super League, in 1996.

They are currently at the summit of the Premier League, leading by a single point from their closest rivals Johor Darul Ta’zim II. They also hold a one-game advantage over their rivals.

For the Tambadau, 12 points will guarantee them the title, equating to five wins. It means they could even afford to lose one game between now and the end of the season

And Peter said there is no better time than now in pursuing glory.

“We are excited about battling for the title. We are very focused on this. We are doing this for the supporters and for everyone who is inside the project,” said Peter, who believes Tambadau can achieve something ‘special’ and called on the Tambadau faithful to cheer the team on.

“I think we can do something special here. But we need to put our feet on the ground and keep working. The supporters are a great part of this team. They cannot go to the pitch and play but… they can do something by cheering up the players on the battlefield.

“I know there have been unpopular decisions that have been made by the new management early this season, but whatever decision that has been made, it was done for the betterment of our beloved squad. “What we have been trying to do is we want to bring Sabah football out from the doldrums.

Now, we believe that we are on the right track to achieve our common goal, which is to see our Sabah team do well.

“We are close but we are not there yet and for that, I humbly urge local football fans to support the team in the remainder of our campaign in the league,” said Peter.

According to him, victory over Sarawak will not only edge them closer to Super League promotion but it will also strengthen their position in the race to the Premier League crown.

Peter, who is also Infrastructure Development Minister, wants to see the team go all out against neighbour Sarawak, insisting that there is no place for any mercy.

“I hope the players realise how important victory is to the team. For that, I want to see them go all out without fear or favour because victory will see us move closer in achieving our goal,” said Peter.

He predicted that despite the fact that Sarawak are currently languishing at the bottom of the table, tonight’s clash is going to be an explosive affair.

“The Borneo Derby clash has always been explosive and exciting and tomorrow (tonight) is going to be no different,” said Peter.

   
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