Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It’s Super League now

KUCHING: Sarawak won promotion to the Super-League when they won an emphatic 4-1 victory over a fighting USM with still two matches to complete their Premier League fixtures.

At the end of the match, the scene was one of jubilation as the players hoisted up Sarawak FA president Datu Sudarsono Osman.

They tried to do the same to their coach Robert Alberts but failed as a few hundred out of a total 2,000 fans stayed behind to see the jubilation and the players also threw their jersies to the waiting fans.

“The players have done their job although USM is a very organised team about the same strength as Sime Darby.

“It is a composed game by the Srawak players even though there was no goals in the first half but our players cut through three or four times through their defence but the ball just didn’t bounce right.

“I’m very happy for the fans who gave good support but I wish they could have stayed longer as the celebration is mainly for them.

“For me I’m very happy for the players and the management and hope this is the start of a strong era for Sarawak football,” said Alberts whose last two teams in the Indonesian professional league Arema FC and Makassar that he coached won honours.

After the match, Alberts said he will let the players to enjoy the victory as he is not thinking of their next two matches, including the next home match against Premier League champions PKNS whom they will meet at the State Stadium on June 17.

However, his players will entertain the crowd to a good game in their next match - their last at home.

For the match which was goal-less in the first half, Alberts said the wingers stayed to far away from their main striker Bobby Gonzalez although the players had a few chances as the ball cut through the defence three or four times but the ball did not bounce right.

He said Sarawak players played a composed game throughout while a few of his players such as Mazwandi Zekeria and Hairol Moktar were out due to suspensions.

Fariz Tukijo and Sharizan Sahari started the match in place of the two absentees.

Asri Chuchu scored two goals in succession just two minutes after the restart as he raced from the flank to beat USM goalkeeper G.


Both times the goals were scored in similar fashion with Saiful Sabtu supplying the cross from the midfield while Wong Sai Kong fed him the telling pass for the second goal in the 59th minute.

Bobby Gonzalez collected the third goal as he got into a tangled with the keeper but managed to get up to score in the 69th minute.

Second half substitute Benedict Martin scored his first goal and Sarawak’s fourth from a free kick taken just outisde the box in the 85th minute after Bobby was brought down what seems to be just inside the box but the referee ruled otherwise.

At 4-0 Sarawak tried to look for more goals as the coach brought in prolific striker Khairul Ezahar Edros but the move failed to produce any goals.Instead USM were determined to stage a fightback as they pulled one back in the 86th minute through Mohd Failee Mohd Ghazli.

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