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|Full name||Sabah Football Association
Persatuan Bola Sepak Sabah
|Nickname(s)||Sang Badak (The Rhinos)|
|Manager||Datuk Juil Nuatim|
|2016||Liga Premier, 9th|
|Website||Club home page|
Sabah FA (Malay: Persatuan Bolasepak Sabah) is a football club that supervises football in the state of Sabah. The association's football team competes in Malaysia's football league representing the state of Sabah in Borneo. Sabah is a professional football team and one of the 14 state teams of the Malaysian football structure. They currently competes in Malaysia's second division professional football league, the Liga Premier.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Club culture
- 4 Honours
- 5 Club records
- 6 Players
- 7 Transfers
- 8 Managers and coaches
- 9 Former notable players
- 10 Football Clubs
- 11 References
- 12 External links
In the 1950s until 1963 Sabah competed as North Borneo football team in the Borneo Cup together with Sarawak football team and Brunei national football team. The North Borneo Football Association (NBFA) changed its name to Sabah Football Association (Sabah FA). Sabah qualify into the Malaysia Cup for the first time in 1977 and enter the competition in 1978.
Amateur and Semi-pro Era
Sabah was a well known team during the Malaysian football amateur and semi-pro era as state team produced many quality players namely the trio of James Wong, Hassan Sani and Peter Rajah. These players during their time led Sabah to become one of Malaysian football's most feared teams during the 80's.
One fine example was during the 1979 Malaysian League where Sabah started slowly. After a run of 8 matches, they stood with 3 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses but, during the later stages they stepped up a gear or five by winning all their remaining 8 matches with most of them by huge margins, including an incredible 8–0 thrashing of Sarawak, 11–0 hammering of Perak FA and the 6–1 beating of Terengganu FA. At the end of the season, Sabah finished as runners-up behind Singapore FA and became the highest scoring team with 49 goals in 12 games, which is an average of 3 goals per game.
When professional football was introduced by Football Association of Malaysia, Sabah also made a reputation of being one of the Malaysian League's most competitive teams. Quality professional players were produced from the ranks during the 1990s, most notably Matlan Marjan who helped Sabah finish as runners-up during 1993 and 1994 Malaysia FA Cup, and who at one time was appointed as the national team captain by the then Malaysian national team coach Claude Le Roy.
The positive results gained from the beginning of professional era however was cut short by the match fixing scandal that rocked Malaysian football in 1994. The scandal almost destroyed Sabah and Malaysian football in general. Sadly, Matlan was the one of several players found guilty for being involved in the scandal. As a punishment for their involvement in match fixing, he and the other players were banned for life by FIFA from being involved in football.
After the scandal, Sabah began its rebuilding process to regain their reputation in Malaysian football. Sabah won their first professional trophy, the Malaysia FA Cup in 1995. In the 1996 season, Sabah won their first league title and went through to the final of the Malaysia Cup for the first time but were beatened by Selangor FA on penalties.
The 2000 season could be considered as Sabah's worst since joining the Malaysian professional league. They were relegated to the second division and could not get past the group stages of the Malaysia Cup. However, Sabah quickly regained its performance in the 2001 season where they finished as runners-up behind Johor FC.
In the 2002 season, Sabah lining up players of calibre such as Zainizam Marjan, Khairul Azman Mohamed, and foreign striker Josiah Seton, finished third in the league and again managed to get through to the final of Malaysia Cup by beating Selangor Public Bank and Perak FA. Sabah however finished as runners-up yet again by losing to the same team that beat them in 1996 final, Selangor FA. This time, Sabah lost by 'golden goal' scored by Mohd Amri Yahyah.
In 2003, Sabah again finished third in Liga Premier One. Sabah again reached the final of Malaysia Cup. This time they lost to club-side Selangor MPPJ by 3–0, with hattrick from Juan Manuel Arostegui.
When Malaysian Super League was introduced in 2004, Sabah struggled to be competitive against other teams in the top league. Sabah only managed to stay in Super League for two seasons as they were relegated to Liga Premier for the 2005/06 season.
After the relegation to 2nd tier league, Sabah continued to struggle for promotion to get back into the top division. They lost to Pahang FA in the 2006/07 season play-off for a place in 2007/08 Malaysia Super League.
After 6 years playing in the 2nd tier Liga Premier, Australian coach Gary Phillips was able to guide Sabah to promotion in 2010 – his first season in charge. After poor results which have affected Sabah's performance in the 2011 league and also the cup, Gary Phillips was replaced by Justin Ganai to save Sabah from relegation zone. Ganai improved Sabah FA performance in 2011 Malaysia Cup where the team reached the quarterfinals. Justin Ganai retained as Head Coach for the 2012 MSL season but step down as the league game were 2 games left. Sabah also relegated back to Liga Premier after lose to Kedah in play-off match by which Pahang (was MPL side) won the play-off. Salt was added to the wound as the relegation was followed by them failing to qualify to the group stage of the 2012 Malaysia Cup.
Sabah started their 2013 season back in Liga Premier (2nd tier) as their main defenders, Sipitang duo Ronny Harun and Mafry Ballang left for Borneo rival, Sarawak FA and young striker Rozaimi Abdul Rahman was loaned out to Harimau Muda A. 2013 season was led by Northern Irishman, David McCreery and they end up in 5th place but still available for Malaysia Cup play-off by which they lose heavily 4–0 to Negeri Sembilan at Shah Alam Stadium. McCreery left at the end of the season with disappointment.
2014 saw major changes in the team's sponsorship by which local brand Carino was signed as their kit supplier and Ararat Sports plus BSA as their sponsors. During this season, Sabah ex-player and also a legend in 90's, Milomir Seslija become their Head Coach replacing McCreery in the hot seat. National striker, Rozaimi and winger/midfielder Maxsius Musa also returned after their loan to Harimau Muda A and Harimau Muda B respectively finished. But to no avail, they finished 8th out of 12 in the MPL, missed the Malaysia Cup group stage for third consecutive seasons and also kicked out from FA Cup in the early stage. This was worse than the 2013 season. Milomir's contract was not renewed at the end of the season.
Dioufmania and TC Goh came back as manager (2015)
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Just after 2014 season finished, another major changes was made by which George O'Callaghan was signed as their Technical Director and Justin Ganai is back as temporary head coach. Dato' TC Goh also came as team manager by which he and O'Callaghan makes a big signings. Carino remained as their kit supplier but only for the women team, futsal team, President Cup and U19 team. Adidas, Globaltech, UZMA, Grace One, BSA and Ararat Sports are their current sponsors. Sabah FA successfully signed twice African Player of The Year,El-Hadji Diouf and his compatriot Abdoulaye Faye followed by Liberian, Éamon Zayed plus Singaporean striker Fazrul Nawaz. Fazrul and O'Callaghan were released early in the season few weeks before MPL kick off. Fazrul was replaced with Joel Chianese during the mid-season transfer window in April and O'Callaghan was replaced with Brisbane Roar ex-head coach Mike Mulvey in February 2015. Both Mulvey and Chianese are Australian. After 3 games working as Technical Director, Mike Mulvey was appointed as Sabah FA new head coach as Justin Ganai went back to the President Cup team. During this current season, fans began to fill and flood Likas Stadium as few of their home matches were full house. But as the seasons passing by, Sabah FA lose mostly of their matches during the second half of the season. Diouf's problem along with his dismissal during few of Sabah's matches thus allowing youngster Leopold and Rawilson respectively to skip the team. Promising start of 2015 season end with huge disappointment for the team as they sit at 7th place, missing Malaysia Cup automatic slot and also the play-off. CEO, TC Goh, Mike Mulvey and big name players such as Diouf, Zayed, Faye and Chianese plus local golden boy, Rozaimi Abdul Rahman left at the end of the season due to no contract renewal.
- Likas Stadium
- Penampang Stadium
- Tawau Stadium
Likas Stadium is the current home ground for Sabah FA. Penampang Stadium is occasionally used for afternoon matches, usually when Likas Stadium was renovated or if floodlights require maintenance. Tawau Sports Complex is a regular venue that is only used sometimes for the Liga Premier.
|Season||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|2005||Line 7[disambiguation needed]||TM|
|2016||Sabah Energy & Asian Supply Base|
- The Rhinos Troops
- Tawau City Hoodlum (TCH)
- North Borneo Ultras (NBU)
- SabahRhinos.com since 1997
- Kelab Penyokong Sabah Rhino
- sabah football fans club
- Bola Sepak Sabah
Sabah FA was formerly called the Rhinos since the golden 90s era but in 2010 SAFA changed the mascot to Hawks to rebrand the ailing football team. It was a controversial move as Kuala Lumpur FA was already known as the Hawks. Sabah FA reinstated its name as the Rhinos starting from 2015.
Sabah FA neighbouring rival is Sarawak FA with both claiming the title of 'the best in Borneo' and referred to as the Borneo Derby.
Radio coverage of regular season matches are broadcast on Sabah FM 89.9 in Malay language.
|Malaysia Super League (1x)||
|Malaysia FA Cup (1x)||
|Malaysian Charity Shield||
|Borneo Cup (14x)||
1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985
Update on 21 April 2017.
- Pld = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, F = Goals for, A = Goals against, Pts= Points, Pos = Position
1st or Champions 2nd or Runner-up 3rd place Promotion Relegation
|1995||Liga Perdana||28||13||5||10||60||45||+15||44||5th||–||Semi-finals||Champions||Asian Cup Winners' Cup||Round of 16|
|1997||Liga Perdana||28||14||7||7||42||28||+14||49||3rd||–||Group stage||2nd round||–||–|
|1999||Perdana 1||18||6||7[a]||5||20||20||+0||29||4th||–||Group stage||Semi-finals||–||–|
|2000||Perdana 1||22||4||4||14||22||41||-19||16||11th||–||Group stage||1st round||–||–|
|2001||Perdana 2||22||14||3||5||41||22||+19||45||2nd||–||Group stage||Semi-finals||–||–|
|2005||Super League||21||6||4||11||25||39||-14||22||8th||–||Group stage||Quarter-finals||–||–|
|2005–06||Liga Premier||21||7||7||7||32||31||+1||28||4th||–||Group stage||1st round||–||–|
|2007–08||Liga Premier||24||13||5||6||48||27||+21||44||4th||–||Group stage||Quarter-finals||–||–|
|2009||Liga Premier||24||5||7||12||18||31||-13||22||9th||–||Group stage||1st round||–||–|
|2010||Liga Premier||22||15||3||4||42||14||+28||48||2nd||–||Group stage||1st round||–||–|
|2011||Super League||26||7||7||12||24||32||-8||28||10th||–||Quarter-finals||1st round||–||–|
|2012||Super League||26||7||7||12||33||52||-19||28||13th||–||Not qualified||1st round||–||–|
|2013||Liga Premier||22||9||3||10||42||46||-4||30||5th||–||Not qualified||2nd round||–||–|
|2014||Liga Premier||22||6||6||10||21||30||-9||24||7th||–||Not qualified||2nd round||–||–|
|2015||Liga Premier||22||8||3||11||37||42||-5||27||7th||–||Not qualified||1st round||–||–|
|2016||Liga Premier||22||5||5||12||26||41||-15||20||9th||–||Not qualified||3rd round||–||–|
- Draw were followed by penalty shootouts for an additional point.
Performances In The Regional Tournaments
- Asian Cup Winners' Cup: 1 appearance
- 1995: Round of 16
- As of 09 June 2017
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Season 2017 President's Cup team
For the president's cup squads, see Sabah FA President's Cup Team.
Sabah President's Cup Squad
|2||Sullan Elvis Noh||RB,RWB||1997|
|5||Mohd Syahrafiezaim Samli||RB,RWB||1996|
|6||Mohd Sahri Abdul Razak||CB||1996|
|9||Abdullah Abdul Rahman||LB, LM,LW||1997|
|17||Mohd Jayman Mohd Jaymic||CB||1996|
|20||Masmilan Anil Matlan||CB||15/7/96|
|28||Mohd Syafiq Mohd Salleh||CB||2000|
|30||Mohd Danishaizz Anuar||CB,DM||1997|
|4||Dexy Mildy Juanis||CM||12/12/96|
|8||Mohd Radzji Saad||DM,CM||1997|
|13||Mohd Nur Khairuddin Herlambang||RM, RW, LM, LW||1997|
|14||Mohd Nazri Sisa||LM, LW||1997|
|21||Fazriel Hanafi Stepanus||AM,CM||15/5/96|
|24||Mohd Ramzainee Ramlee||CM||24/7/97|
|26||O'Neil Shanahan Marcellinus Bungkilan||LM, LW, ST||4/2/96|
|27||Mohd Azmizan Ruslih||CM||1/7/98|
|29||Mohd Zaki Sapri||CM||29/1/97|
|11||Mohd Hazani Matusin||ST||1997|
|18||Abdul Raihan Abdul Rajum||ST||1998|
|25||Mohd Ramzi Mustakim||GK||1999|
|5||Evan Wensley Wenceslaus||CB||1998|
|14||Muhammad Syahmil Nizam Igbal Khan||CB||1999|
|15||Mohd Naaim Firdaus Stibin||RB/RWB||1999|
|29||Mohd Shariman Mukarim||LB,LM||1998|
|7||Mohd Aidil Safee||CM||30/1/98|
|11||Mohd Aidil Shahrolmizan Asimin||AM/CM||23/2/98|
|17||Muhammad Amirul Afiq Ali||LW/LM||1999|
|18||Shafiq Ichwan Saiman||RM/RW||2000|
|20||Beckham Rico Louisee||CM||1998|
|21||Mohd Syukri Baharun||CM||1999|
|22||Mohd Suzairee Samail||LM/LB||26/1/98|
|23||Mohd Asri Rustam||LW/LM||1998|
|24||Muhd Faqhrurazi Ahmad||RW/RM||1999|
|26||Muhd Aidil Muhimian||CM||1999|
|9||Mohd Hizaz Mohd Lokman||ST||2000|
|10||Mohd Iqhbal Kassim||ST||1999|
|12||Mohd Shah Mizie Abdul Rahim||ST||1998|
|27||Ellend Child Henry||ST||1998|
|28||Muhammad Shahrul Nizam Junimin||ST||1999|
Current coaching staff
|Chairman||Datuk Seri Musa Aman|
|Deputy chairman 1||Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan|
|Deputy chairman 2||Lawrence Gimbang|
|C.E.O||Datuk Goh Thian Chuan|
|Asst. Manager 1||Hassan Sani|
|Asst. Manager 2||James Wong|
|Technical Director||Scott Ollerenshaw|
|Head Coach||Jelius Ating|
|Asst. Coach||Burhan Ajui|
|GK coach||Mark Damun Sagar|
|Fitness coach||Alexandre Stiker|
|Head of Youth Development||R. Gopalkrishnan|
|U21 Manager||Datuk Juil Nuatim|
|U21 Head coach||Justin Ganai|
|U21 Asst. coach||Johnny Dominicus|
|U21 coach||Matasan Ahmad|
|U21 GK coach||Mohd Noor Xaverius Sanga@Francis Sanga|
|U21 Fitness coach||Muhammadin Abdul Ajid|
|U21 Physio||Halmond Ting|
|U19 Manager||Mohd Yassin Aman|
|U19 Head coach||Awang Sabtu Jamil|
|U19 Asst. coach|
|U19 GK coach||Jasrin Jabidin|
|U19 Fitness coach||Awang Jasrie Awang Matusin|
|U19 Physio||Maxson Michael George|
Managers and coaches
Former notable players
Players that represented the Malaysia national football team while playing for Sabah.
Affiliated Clubs within the Association
- Cebagoo F.C.
- DYS F.C.
- KDMM F.C.
- Tenom Juta F.C.
- Sahabat Bola BSI FC
- Mahandoi United FC
- Mega Penampang FC
- CIMPXJ DPM FC
- Likas United
Affiliated Clubs outside the Association
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