Commitment to team welfare key to Sabah's success
Last Update: 13/07/2019
KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 (Bernama) -- The ability of the Sabah Football Association (SAFA) to look after the welfare of players and officials was a key factor for the state’s success in winning the Premier League trophy this season, according to Sabah football legend Matlan Marjan.
Matlan said he had been following Jelius Ating’s squad closely this season and was impressed with the SAFA management led by Datuk Peter Anthony, especially on the matter of salary payments.
“Although retired from the game, I followed developments on the Sabah team and noticed that salary and other welfare issues had pressured players in the past.
“But now we can see that Sabah players are free from such problems, and all this is due to the good work of the management who never neglect the players’ welfare,” said Matlan in a statement issued by the Malaysian Football League (MFL) today.
Matlan, who helped Sabah win the FA Cup in 1995, hoped that Jelius could come up with a different and better tactical plan to play in the more challenging Super League next season.
“It should be a different strategy, mapped out with creativity and wisdom to produce the best team for the Super League.
“In terms of training, efforts should be intensified beginning now,” said Matlan.
Sabah returned to the Super League fold next season after defeating UiTM FC 2-1 at Stadium UiTM in Shah Alam on July 9.
Their success was also helped by the defeat of their nearest challenger Johor Darul Ta’zim II, who lost 1-3 to Negeri Sembilan at Stadium Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Paroi.
Sabah last played in the Super League in 2012, when they finished 13th.