KOTA KINABALU (April 11): Rhinos captain Baddrol Bakhtiar scored a late penalty as Sabah FC claimed a 1-0 Borneo derby win in opposition to Sarawak United FC of their Super League tie in Kuching on Sunday.
The purpose got here within the 81st minute as Baddrol held his nerve to search out the underside proper nook with goalkeeper Sharbinee Allawee diving to the opposite facet.
The penalty kick was awarded after Sabah FC’s Brazilian striker Neto Pessoa was introduced down contained in the field earlier.
Kim Swee was elated with the third straight win which was made even particular for it was the previous midfielder’s first recreation in command of a Borneo derby tie within the nation’s elite soccer league.
“The Borneo derby is always special to me,” Kim Swee mentioned after the sport.
“I’ve performed for Sabah and Sarawak and have been concerned in Borneo derby video games as a participant.
“I do know for positive that it received’t be a simple recreation however crucial factor is the spirit of the followers in addition to the gamers.
“We know we are from Borneo side and we always support each other,” added Kim Swee.
Commenting additional, Kim Swee hailed the never-say-die angle of his gamers to assert a late victory in opposition to their hosts on the evening.
He mentioned the gamers have been properly knowledgeable of Sarawak United FC threats from lengthy ball concentrating on their frontman, particularly the towering Francis Kone.
“Like I mentioned it was not a simple win … everybody needed to win and particularly Sarawak have but to win a single recreation, we anticipated this (robust recreation) to occur.
“We knew they have been going to play a variety of lengthy passes to the strikers and it was not simple to defend in opposition to a tall striker.
“However, we’ve deliberate (to face such state of affairs) … we defended very properly and created probabilities on the identical time.
“At the end of the day, it was the hard work and commitment of the players that gave us the result,” mentioned Kim Swee.
The former nationwide coach went on to say that the memorable victory has lifted the boldness of the Rhinos to pursue higher leads to their future matches.
“Of course the sport is memorable as a result of it was a superb win for us. We didn’t begin properly after shedding the opening league recreation however now, it’s three wins in a row for us.
“We need to keep the momentum and I hope we can achieve better (result) after this,” he mentioned.
Sabah FC moved to second within the 12-team desk following their newest league win, amassing 9 factors whereas Sarawak United FC languish second from backside with just one level from the opening 4 matches.
Johor Darul Ta’zim stay high with most 12 factors whereas Kedah Darul Aman FC with inferior purpose distinction are third regardless of degree on 9 factors with Sabah FC.
The Rhinos will subsequent tackle Kuala Lumpur City FC of their third right away fixture on the KL Football Stadium in Cheras on April 16.