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Crucial for Rhinos to maintain momentum
Published on: Saturday, August 11, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Rhinos head coach Jelius Ating has emphasised the importance of momentum ahead of his side's second Group D match in the Malaysia Cup competition against PKNP at Likas Stadium tonight (Saturday) starting at 8.15pm.

His team has had a great start by snatching a point from group favourites Pahang in the opening away match last week with a 1-1 draw and he wanted his players to build on the momentum to get their first win in front of the home crowd.

"The result from that match has boosted the players' confidence and they must keep up the momentum and grab home ground advantage to take all three points.

"They have to maintain their focus and cannot afford to take their foot off the gas. Once again we are facing another strong team as PKNP are currently top of the table following their shock win over Selangor.

"We also have to be cautious against a young team with many hard working players and we must find a way to get through to them even though they are from the Super league," he said on Friday.

He added that they have studied their opponents' matches in video and tried to work out a strategy to beat them.

He also disclosed that he may put out the same 11 players that started against Pahang apart from defender Dendy Lowa who may not be fit for the match today.

"There is unlikely any changes in the starting line-up tomorrow. Only Dendy is doubtful and if he is declared not fit to start then Alto Linus may take over his place," he said.

The players that may start the match are goalkeeper Rozaimie Rohim, defenders Rawilson Batuil, Francis Kasonde, Randy Baruh and Dendy or Alto. Sabri Sahar in midfield with Mohd Azzizan Nordin supported by Maxsius Musa and Hamran Peter on the flanks while Rodoljub Paunovic and Hector Ramos will lead the attacks.

Meanwhile, Sabah Football Association acting president Datuk Yusuf Kassim called on fans to come in full force to support the team and there are lucky draws prizes to be won.

"This is the first time in six years Sabah are competing in the Malaysia Cup and I want all football fans to come and support our team.

"Those who bought tickets for the match are advised not to throw away the tickets as there will be lucky draw prizes to be conducted during half time and four handphones are to be won," he said.

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