Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Premier League quest fading for Cebagoo

Sumber: New Sabah Times

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Cebagoo FC’s quest for Premier League promotion is fading.

Once sitting on top of the 12-team standings in the early part of the season, the Sepanggar-based club side could slip to mid-table, should results elsewhere go against them.

The local club side dropped more points after being held to a 0-0 stalemate against PB Hulu Terengganu in a FAM Cup League challenge at the Gong Badak Sports Complex field C.

This is the second successive time they have been forced to share the spoils with their opponents. Prior to this trip to the northern side of the mainland, they were held to a 0-0 by the youthful Harimau Muda C on home soil.

With this latest result, they merely managed to pick up two points from a possible 12 in their last four ties, they lost the other two, against Penang Sungai Ara (1-2) and Harimau Muda C (1-6).

And now they could be unseated from the fourth spot in the 12-team standings if results elsewhere go against them.

They are currently on 19 points from five wins, four draws and four defeats.

When contacted, Head Coach David @ Aiyyman Abdullah blamed jetlag among his charges for not being able to play to their true potential.

The eight-hour journey from national capital to Kuala Terengganu tooks its toll on his players. “We only arrived in Kuala Terengganu at 3am by coach. So obviously, there was little time for them to have a good rest,” said David.

But David insisted that the game should have been won if they were more clinical in their finishing.

“I would like to thank the players for the effort they put into the game. They have done a good job. Despite being tired, they still give their level best. However, we should have finished a golden opportunity presented to us, such as in a one-on-one situation with the keeper,” said David.

“We have to improve on the finishing. I think I will have to give extra attention to improve this problem,” he said. For the record, Cebagoo have failed to score a goal after 180 minutes of action.

They will have the chance to break their jinx when they take on Sungai Ara FC on the road on May 18.

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