Sabah bank on Eizlan to deliver
Published on: Friday, September 07, 2018

Alor Setar: Sabah Badminton Association are banking on shuttler Datu Mohd Shah Eizlan Sardik to deliver at least a bronze medal at this year's Sukma Games in Perak. The recently crowned singles champion is among 16 players listed for the biennial games and team manager Steve Jay said on Thursday that the 20-year-old is expected to reach the last four in the boys singles event.

"He is our most senior player in the team and with his experience gathered at the previous Kuching games two years ago plus his winning performance at the recent State closed championship in Sandakan, we are hoping he can at least make it to the last four and deliver bronze in the singles as well as helping the men's team for a third place finish in the team event. We are not setting our target high because we know the competition is tough and moreover this is a very young team and apart from Eizlan, all the other players are making their first appearance and will still be available for the next Sukma, so our main purpose is to expose them," he said.

The Sabah girls will start their campaign in the team event against Penang in Group A on Sunday (September 9) at 9am followed by Johor at 6pm on the same day while the boys in Group B will only have one match to play against Terengganu at 2pm.

On Monday, the boys will meet Penang at 9am and the girls will have the company of Perak at 2pm. The girls will then wrap up their group match against Kedah on Tuesday at 9am while the boys final group match is against Federal Territory at 9am on Wednesday.

The individual event on the other hand will begin on September 15.

Meanwhile, the team led by Steve plus coaches Timmy Foo, Yang Ket Liang and chaperon Mildred Jemandan will be leaving for Perak today, and the players are Neville Baptist Nosius Luaran, Eddrall Atek, Muhammad Zuhaily Jablin, Goh Ting Yu, Yap Qar Siong, Muhamad Yasrin S.Ruslan, Datu Mohd Shah Eizlan Sardik, Ling Dai Hau for the boys while the girls are represented by Leonilla Alauni Molin, Maya Shakina Subarto, Nur Hazwani Hanapi, Petricia Eleng Samin, Fong Yii Zhi, Goh Shuen Tong, Arena Satu Samin and Velerry Yap.


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