Rhinos book q-final berth
Published on: Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Rhinos made their Super League rivals look second best as they qualified for the Malaysia Cup quarterfinals with style after they won 2-0 away against PKNP in their Group D tie at the Penang State Stadium on Sunday.Goals from their Serbian striker, Rodoljub Paunovic in the 30th minute and the second in the 81st minute through Puerto Rican import, Pito Ramos saw them top the group with 13 points.

The result also put PKNP out of contention and Pahang with eight points will follow Sabah to the next round while PKNP and another Super League team Selangor will occupy the last two places.

It is going to be the team's first quarterfinals appearance since 2011 and team manager Datuk Juil Nuatim was overjoyed with the result.

"Obviously, we're all pretty much on cloud nine. I could not be more proud of all the work the boys have put in.

They not only made the quarterfinals for themselves, but for all our beloved fans.

"It was great feeling to achieve our quarterfinal target and I'm really, really happy for the team.

The boys have proven their worth by overcoming their Super League rivals, and our head coach Jelius (Ating) and his assistant Burhan (Ajui) have also done a good work and deserved to be given a pat on their back.

"However, we must realise that our journey is still a long way to go, and while the players may deserve to have a little celebration, we must not forget that we still haven't achieved anything as yet, so we must stay focused and work even harder in preparing ourselves for the knockout stage," he added.

He also expressed his thanks to all the fans for their support towards the team and hope they would continue to rally behind the squad in the remaining matches.

Sabah's final group match is against Pahang at the Likas Satdium on September 16, while the quarterfinal will see them up against the Group C runners-up which has yet to be determined between Kedah, JDT, Kelantan and Misc Mifa. – GL Oh


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