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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

FIRST HOME DEFEAT


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah succumbed to their first home defeat of the season after they were blanked 2-0 by Kuala Muda Naza in a Premier League challenge at the Tawau Sports Complex last night.

Jose Antonio Vega was the hero for the visitors by netting a brace in the space of five minutes. He struck the opener in the 73rd minute with a well executed long range shot from about 25 metres. He then added the second four minutes later, but this time from a superbly taken free-kick which flashed past the hapless young Sabah custodian Irwan Jamil.

Kuala Muda Naza was awarded the free-kick after Munir Amran committed a reckless foul on their player. Munir was shown a straight card for the offence. Earlier on, Sabah wasted a golden opportunity to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty kick. However, Nafuzi Zain’s 70th minute spot kick was saved by the Kuala Muda custodian Azizon Kadir.

This was Sabah’s second straight defeat. Last week they lost 2-1 to Kelantan.

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