KOTA KINABALU – ‘Vegetable team’ (Pasukan sayur), that was the description given by Sabah Chief Minister cum Sabah Football Association (SAFA) president Datuk Seri Musa Aman who was upset by the poor performance displayed by the Sabah Rhinos squad in the Malaysian Premier League match last night.
He also expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the Sabah team which he described as lacking the competitive spirit, commitment and resilience as well as having no discipline.
“I don’t want to be a hypocrite. SAFA spends millions of ringgit for the state’s football team, but what is upsetting is that the quality of the game has not improved but declined.
“Why can’t our team be like those of the other states, if they can win, we should also be able to win,” he said when closing the Datuk Musa Aman Cup Football Championship 2015, at the Klagan Regency Hotel, near here last night.
Musa said every player must be active and show strong commitment and work as a team to ensure the Sabah Rhinos squad can maintain its winning streak and emerge as the league champion.
After 20 matches, Sabah are now in seventh placing with a total of 27 points. Sabah will play Kedah at the Stadium Darul Aman tomorrow (Aug 18), the last match for Sabah in the Malaysian Premier League this season.
Meanwhile, the Sandakan football team emerged as champion in the Datuk Musa Aman Cup Championship and walked away with a cash prize of RM25,000, a Challenge Trophy and medal.
The runner-up was Tenom which received RM12,500 as well as a trophy and medals while in third place was Tawau which receieved RM4,500, a trophy and medals.