Sabah ended their campaign in the National Under 16 tournament holding Pahang to a 2-2 draw in their Group A match at the KLHA Stadium this morning.
It was their fourth draw in six matches they played in the tournament and though they did not win any matches, it was nevertheless a good outing for the East Malaysia side.
Sabah lost 0-5 to Kuala Lumpur and were edged 1-2 by Selangor. And they drew Pahang (2-2), Johor (3-3), Malacca (2-2) and PDRM (2-2).
“I am happy with the performances though the results could have been better as in some matches we held the upper hand,” said Sabah team manager Laila Md Shahbadur.
“But if there is one area that I would like to see some improvement then it has to be the fixtures as there was not sufficient rest in between the matches.
“And this was something that affected all the teams, especially when requiring to play at night and early the next morning.”
Pahang opened scoring in the 2nd minute through Muhd Nashriq Harith off a penalty corner only to see Sabah snatch an equalizer in the 39th minute via Muhd Afiq Japli, also through a penalty corner.
Although Pahang surged ahead 2-1 in the 47th minute when Aidel Syaffiq Abdul Azam scored, Sabah were not to be denied as Awangku Iskandar netted the equalizer in the 62nd minute.
In another match this morning, Selangor ended their campaign with a 4-0 win over Johor.
Goals for Selangor were scored by Nazirul Mubin (20th and 27th minutes), Muhd Hafif Elkan (50th minute) and Muhd Faizzil Zairollal (53rd minute).
Selangor 4 Johor 0
Pahang 2 Sabah 2
2000H - Kuala Lumpur v Malacca
1530H - Perlis v Singapore
1700H - Perak v Kelantan
1830H - N.Sembilan v Kedah
1830H - Penang v Terengganu (KPM Stadium)