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|Full name||Sabah Football Association|
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
|Manager||Goh Thian Chuan|
|League||Malaysia Premier League|
|2014||Malaysia Premier League, 8th|
|Website||Club home page|
The Sabah Football Association is an football association 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 Malaysia Premier League.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Club culture
- 4 Honours
- 5 Record
- 6 Squad
- 7 Transfer In 2015
- 8 Transfers
- 9 Managers and coaches
- 10 Former notable players
- 11 Football Clubs
- 12 References
- 13 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 Malaysia Premier League 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 Malaysia Premier League 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 Premier League, 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 Malaysia Premier League 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 they was failed to qualify to the group stage of the 2012 Malaysia Cup.
Sabah started their 2013 season back in Malaysia Premier League (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 worser 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)
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, Eamond Zayed plus Singaporean striker Fazrul Nawas. 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.
- 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 Malaysia Premier League.
- North Borneo Ultras (NBU)
- SabahRhinos.com since 1997 (Official)
- The Sabahawks
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.
Radio coverage of regular season matches are broadcast on Sabah FM 89.9 in Malay language.
|Malaysia Super League (1x)||
|Malaysia Premier League||
|Malaysia FA Cup (1x)||
|Malaysian Charity Shield||
|Borneo Cup (14x)||
1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985
|Year||Position||League||FA Cup||Malaysia Cup|
|1996||Champion||Premier League||Quarter final||
|1997||3/15||Premier League||2nd Round||Group Stage|
|2000||11/12||Premier 1||1st Round||Group Stage|
|2005||8/8||Super League||Quarter-final||Group Stage|
|2006||4/8||Premier League (Group B)||1st Round||Group Stage|
|2008||4/13||Premier League||Quarter-final||Group Stage|
|2009||9/13||Premier League||1st Round||Group Stage|
||Premier League||1st Round||Group Stage|
|2011||10/14||Super League||1st Round||
|2012||13/14||Super League||1st Round||DNQ|
|2013||5/12||Premier League||2nd Round||DNQ|
|2014||8/12||Premier League||2nd Round||DNQ|
Performances In The Regional Tournaments
- Asian Cup Winners' Cup: 1 appearance
- 1996: Round of 16
|22||Mohd Fazli Paat||GK|
|Robson Rendy Rining||GK|
|3||Mohd Khairi Kiman||LB|
|13||Mohd Badrul Afendy Mohd Fadzli||CB|
|16||Hardy Charles Parsi||CB, LB|
|20||Alto Linus||RB, RM, RW, LM, LW|
|34||Rawilson Batuil||CB, DM|
|49||Faizol Nazlin Sayuti||CB, DM|
|10||Mohd Ezaidy Khadar||LM, LW, RM, RW|
|14||Jenius Karib||DM, RB|
|2||Zuraindey Jumai||DM, CM, RB|
|18||Shafuan Adli Shaari||CM|
|19||R. Surendran||RM, RW, ST|
|26||Muhd Izuan Salahuddin||LM, LW, RM, RW|
|27||Maxsius Musa||RM, RW|
|28||Didie Arizal Ibrahim||CM, DM|
|37||Azzizan Nordin||CM, DM|
|48||Mohd Rozaimi Azwar Mat Noor||CM, AM|
|41||Joel Chianese||AM, ST, RW|
|11||El Hadji Diouf (Captain)||ST, RW, LW|
|17||Leopold Alphonso||ST,AM, RM,RW,RB|
|21||Rozaimi Abdul Rahman||ST, LW|
|23||Muhammad Shafiq Jamal||ST|
Transfer In 2015
For recent transfers, see List of Malaysian football transfers 2015
|DL||Mohd Khairi Kiman||Perak FA|
|DC||Abdoulaye Faye||Hull City A.F.C.|
|DC||Abdul Thaufiq Abdul Haq||Cebagoo F.C.|
|DLC||Hardy Charles Parsi||Johor Darul Ta'zim II F.C.|
|DMC||Zuraindey Jumai||Kedah FA|
|MC||M. Yogananthan||Perak FA|
|MC||Shafuan Adli Shaari||PKNS F.C.|
|AML||Muhd Izuan Salahuddin||Sime Darby F.C.|
|AMR/ST||R. Surendran||Perak FA|
|ST||Éamon Zayed||Shamrock Rovers F.C.|
|AMRL/ST||El Hadji Diouf||Leeds United A.F.C.|
|ST||Muhammad Shafiq Jamal||Sime Darby F.C.|
|AM/ST/RW||Joel Chianese||Auckland City FC|
|DC/DM||Faizol Nazlin Sayuti||Kelantan FA (Loan)|
|AM/CM||Mohd Rozaimi Azwar||Kelantan FA (Loan)|
|DC||Mohd Reithaudin Awang Emran||Retired|
|DC||Predrag Pocuca||Tampines Rovers FC|
|D/MR||Mohd Shahrul Chankui||Released|
|DMC||Mohd Redzuan Nawi||Penang FA|
|AML||Isma Alif Mohd Salim||PDRM FA|
|MC||Sabri Sahar||Sarawak FA|
|ST||Rexjeson Pitirus||Malacca United F.C.|
|ST||Mohd Farid Ideris||Young Fighters F.C.|
|ST||Jerome Suku Doe||Lao Toyota F.C.|
|DC||Abdul Thaufiq Abdul Jabar||Malacca United S.A. April Transfer|
|MC||M. Yoganathan||Released April Transfer|
Season 2014 President's Cup team
For the president's cup squads, see Sabah FA President's Cup Team.
Sabah President's Cup Squad
|1||Mohd Fazrul Iman Malan||GK||25/5/95|
|25||Datu Mohd Armin Datu Muhammad||GK||16/3/95|
|2||Mohd Azfizam Norli||RB,RWB||1994|
|3||Mohd Nazrien Sani||CB||6/2/94|
|4||Mohd Zulfadlisham Roseland||RB,RWB||1995|
|5||Randy Baruh Samson||LB,LWB||19/6/95|
|11||Mohd Ikhmal Akid Bahari||LB, LM||28/7/95|
|15||Zulhafiz Abdul Mahal||CB||24/10/95|
|6||O'Neil Shanahan Marcellinus Bungkilan||LM, LW, ST||4/2/96|
|7||Mohd Ashrafi Abdan||CM||18/4/94|
|8||Mohd Azwan Abdul Fattah||RM, RW, ST||1994|
|10||Hafizan Jahar||RM, RW, LM, LW||3/2/94|
|16||Mohd Khosnol Amat||DMC,MC||1994|
|24||Mohd Fazzrey Karim||LM, LW||14/4/95|
|Fazriel Hanafi Stepanus||AMC,CM||15/5/96|
|12||Josesua Jubin||ST, LW||1995|
|21||Rahman Shah Marajeh||ST||1995|
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current coaching staff
|Deputy chairman 1||Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan|
|Deputy chairman 2||Lawrence Limbang|
|C.E.O||Goh Thian Chuan|
|Manager||Goh Thian Chuan|
|Technical Director||Justin Ganai|
|Head Coach||Mike Mulvey|
|Assistant Coach||Burhan Ajui|
|Goalkeeping coach||Mohd Noor Abdullah @ Francis Xaverius Sanga|
|Fitness coach||Andrew Majanggim|
|U21 Manager||Datuk Juil Nuatim|
|U21 Head team coach||Gopalkrishnan a/l Ramasamy|
|U21 Assistant coach||Awang Sabtu Jamil|
|U21 coach||Matasan Ahmad|
|U21 Goalkeeping coach||Mark Damun Sagar|
|U21 Fitness coach||Rozlee Idris|
|U21 Physiotherapist||James Edwin|
|U19 Manager||Othman Abdullah|
|U19 Head team coach||Mohd Razali Zinin|
|U19 Assistant coach||Ahmad Fakhrurazi Hamzah|
|U19 Goalkeeping coach||Jasrin Jabidin|
|U19 Physiotherapist||Azirul Hassan|
For recent transfers, see List of Malaysian football transfers 2015
Managers and coaches
Former notable players
Players that played for the Malaysia national football team while playing for Sabah.
Affiliated Clubs within the Association
Affiliated Clubs outside the Association
- 1979 – that golden year
- EnglandFC 1990 to 1995
- Malaysia League 2001
- Youtube.com – Amri Yahyah Golden Boy
- "Sabah 2015". sabahfa.com. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- "25 PEMAIN MUDA GALAS TUGAS SABAH DI MELAKA". sabahfa. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- Official Website
- Sabah FA
- Sabah Football Supporters Website
- Sabah team latest statistics
- Sabah individual player stats