Matlan Marjan

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Matlan Marjan
Personal information
Full name Matlan bin Marjan
Date of birth (1968-10-18) 18 October 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth Kota Belud, Sabah, Malaysia
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1987–1988 Sabah Presidents Cup Team's
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1995 Sabah FA
National team
1991–1995 Malaysia 18 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Matlan Marjan is a former professional football player from the state of Sabah, Malaysia. He is celebrated as the person who scored 2 goals against England A team for Malaysia on 12 June 1991, the only Malaysian to have done that.[1] He has a younger brother, Zainizam Marjan who also played for Sabah FA and Malaysia.

Matlan is a Sabahan Bajau from Kota Belud, Sabah. He started his professional career by playing in the Presidents Cup. He made his M-League debut in 1989 season by scoring 5 league goals. In 1990, he scored 8 of Sabah FA 16 goals.

In 1991, Matlan earned his first call-up for the national team for a friendly match with Aston Villa. On 12 June 1991, he made his full international debut against England as he equalled the 35-year record of Toni Fritsch as the latest new cap to score twice against England.[2]

In 1995, he made history by becoming the first player from Sabah to captain the national team in the match against Flamengo XI.

In the same year, Matlan, along with five other Sabah FA players, was arrested on suspicion of match-fixing. Although the charges against the six were dropped[3] he was severely punished, thus ending his football career. He was banished to another district.[4]



  1. ^ Results: 1990–1995 Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, England F. C.. Accessed 21 September 2007.
  2. ^ The FA Match Statistics
  3. ^ "No charges against Sabah six", Bernama. Accessed 21 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Four Sabah soccer players banished to remote areas", Bernama. Accessed 21 September 2007.