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Monday, December 17, 2012

Former Sabah hitman Ollerenshaw makes top ten list

Daily Express

 Kota Kinabalu: Scott Ollerenshaw said he was extremely humbled and honoured to be named by a Malaysian online news portal recently as one of the top ten superstar signings that had made an impact on the scene since the game turned professional over the years. The 45-year-old former Australian international first came to Sabah in 1994 and it was towards the end of the signing deadline when Kelly Tham spotted and recruited him.

 He made an immediate impact upon his arrival at the local scene, forging a telepathic partnership with Matlan Marjan and the two terrorised opposing defenders with their goal prowess. Scott also boasted a record average of more than one goal a game for four straight seasons while playing for Sabah.

 He netted an astonishing 180 goals from 110 matches that saw him winning the Golden Boot twice before his retirement at 31 due to a serious hip injury. He is married to ex-national karate exponent Michelle Koh and runs his own sports tourism business in Kota Kinabalu which specialises in organising junior and adult football as well as lawn bowl tours of Sabah and regularly appears on Astro's FourFourTwo as a football pundit. Another Sabah foreign import, the late David Rocastle also made the list.

 The former England midfielder who was a household name as an Arsenal player joined Sabah in 1999. He had also played for Leeds, Manchester City as well as Chelsea but nagging injuries restricted him to appear in only 13 games for Sabah, during which he still managed to score eight goals. The other eight players on the list are Juan Manuel Arostegui (Argentina), Laszlo Repasi (Hungary), Merzagua Abderrazak (Morocco), Emile M'bouh M'bouh (Cameroon), Stephen Keshi (Nigeria), Karel Stromsik (Czechoslovakia), Tony Cottee (England) and Singaporean Fandi Ahmad.

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