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JDT Cup clash a big treat for Sabah fans


12th February, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Juil Nuatim admitted they were a little unfortunate to have been drawn against Johor Darul Ta’zim in the FA Cup competition, but on the other hand, he believes that this will be a tie that Sabah football fans have been longing for.

The Sabah Rhinos team manager said the tie is likely to be their biggest match of the 2018 campaign, having had to pit against the country’s top side.

“I can feel that a lot of our fans are pretty much looking forward to this clash. I can say that this is one match that is not to be missed,” Juil insisted.

“We may be unfortunate (to be drawn against JDT) but on the other hand, this is our chance to play against a big team like JDT.

“They are widely regarded as the strongest team in Malaysia but that will not weaken our spirit. We will try our utmost best to compete against them in the FA Cup.

The second round fixtures of the FA Cup, which is a knockout competition, have been scheduled to be played on March 2 and March 3 at the Likas Stadium.

Juil believes that the Sabah Rhinos’ good start to the Premier League campaign coupled with the reputation of JDT could attract a greater number of football fans to the stadium.

“I’m sure everyone is waiting for JDT to come and play at the Likas Stadium…a rare opportunity for local fans because JDT play in Super League.

“So, we can expect a huge turnout from the supporters wanting to watch a team often hailed as the biggest in the country,” said Juil when met recently.

In a related development, Juil hoped that the local fans will give their strongest backing to the Rhinos, including buying their tickets to enter the venue.

“We welcome all the support given to the team but at the same time, we hope the fans will not to expect FOC or free of charge to enter the stadium. Show your support by purchasing match tickets and not looking for a free entrance.

“The support from the fans means a lot to the players or the team, but it is much greater and meaningful when it comes from those who purchase tickets.

“I’m not saying we are not thankful to non-paying fans because they are giving the same support like others but, please give cooperation to Safa (Sabah FA).”

The gate collection is one way of sourcing for funds…to buy tickets to watch the game is already a contribution to football,” he said while reminding staff stationed at the various entrances into the stadium to carry out their duties and responsibilities efficiently.

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