Update 19 June 2012
In their next match, Sabah lost 0-4 to PKNS at home, prompting money throwing on the ground by black-clad Sabah supporters.
It was their 4th consecutive defeat – they have conceded 12 goals in their last 2 matches.
Coach Justin Ganai had been sacked earlier.
Update 18 June 2012
In the post-match press conference, LionsXII coach V.Sundramoorthy said:
Definitely, I am surprised [that Sabah seemed to shut down]. The past few times I have seen Sabah play, they have been a good attacking team and they always give a good fight against all their opponents. But today, somehow, we played much better and had the better finishing.
Sabah coach Justin Ganai said:
We tried our best, but we knew Singapore [LionsXII] is a very good team. We just did not have an answer to them tonight. Some of them [Sabah players] did appear to give up, while some were still fighting not to be embarrassed. But we could not match Singapore. A few players cannot stand the pressure [from the relegation battle]. It is probably why we folded and gave up.
In a later interview, Justin Ganai said:
Nothing to do with match fixing, but rather injuries/suspensions to several key players: Reithaudin Awang Emran (captain & defender) & 3 midfielders: Fariss Azlan Mat Isa, Sumardi Hajalan [substituted after 17 minutes] & Zuraindey Jumai. Main striker Bobby Gonzales still unfit to play.
16 June 2012
On the evening of the 16th June 2012, LionsXII (a Singapore football club) defeated Sabah 9-0 at home, condemning Sabah to their third straight defeat.
It is the biggest margin of victory in the Malaysian Super League (which started in 2004) this season, and possibly the biggest win in the history of the top tier of the Malaysian football league.
I don’t recognise any member of the Singporean team, while I at least remember having heard of Mafry Balang, Sumardi Hajalan, Bredan Gan, Rosdin Wasli and Zainizam Marjan in the Sabah lineup, so that’s really rubbing salt into gaping wounds.
Goals scored timeline:
Agu Casmir (19′)
Hariss Harun (22′)
Hariss Harun (41′)
Shahdan Sulaiman (62′)
Shahdan Sulaiman (64′)
Irwan Shah (68′)
Hariss Harun (73′)
Sufian Anuar (84′)
Shahrul Azhar (89′)
The Sabah starting XII with the dubious honour:
22 Irwan Jamil GK
02 Mafry Balang DF
03 Sumardi Hajalan DF
07 Bredan Gan MF
08 Zuraindey Jumai MF
09 Hendrik Helmke FW
11 Alto Linus DF
15 Rosdin Wasli DF
17 Shahrul Azhar MF
18 Shahrudin Yakup MF
20 Zainizam Marjan FW
Ronny Harun for Sumardi Hajalan (15′)
Zulmansshah Aling for Ronny Harun (46′)
Leopold Otong for Bredan Gan (79′)
Ronny Harun (26′)