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Friday, March 23, 2007

Rhinos eager for revenge

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah will not give in too easily to Police in the Premier League match at the Selayang MC Stadium on Friday night (tonight).

The Rhinos who were defeated 1-2 by the same team last weekend in the Malaysia Cup league match, aim to steal the limelight and all three points from the home team.

Sabah are currently placed tenth in the standings with seven points after one win, four draws and two defeats while Police have collected sixteen points and are placed second behind leaders UPB My Team who have seventeen points.

Team manager, Rahman Zakaria said the players were unanimous in their resolve to win the game in a big way.

"It will be an all out affair in the match tomorrow," he said, adding, nevertheless, despite the mission they are not, in any circumstances, pressured at all.

He said Police may be a strong team in the league but that would not deter the players from giving their best in the game.

Their strategy, Rahman said, is to score an early goal to build up the Rhinos confidence as the match progresses.

"Our opponents are a good team but that doesn't mean we are going to give up easily especially after losing to them at home last weekend," he added.

He said all departments, have been instructed to plug the holes and to ensure that they emerge as the winner.

Rahman revealed for example goalkeeper G. Jeevanathan has been told to forget about last week's match and to concentrate more on the match.

"He (Jeeva) had made a blunder while playing at home, and that is why he has to prove to everyone that he is capable of manning the posts and show everyone that he is the number one keeper for Sabah," he pointed out.

"Over the last few days, the players have undergone some gruelling training sessions under coach Drago (Mamic)," he said.

"Although there will be no changes in the line-up the strategy will be a bit different compared to the previous match against Police last weekend," he said.

Sabah's probable line-up: G. Jeevanathan, Burhan Ajui, Prince Eboagwu Etuew, Arkadiusz Jerzy Zarlzynski, Charles Obi, S. Sunder, Rosdin Wasli, Chow Chee Wing, Henry Soimpon, Zainizam Marjan and Julamri Muhammad.

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