Wednesday, November 28, 2012

S’wak to face Super teams in Semenanjung tour

KUCHING: The Sarawak Football Association (FAS) has arranged four top Super League teams such as ATM, Selangor,Negeri Sembilan and Harimau Muda to play the state team in their pre-season tour of the Semenanjung from Dec 12-23. 

Sarawak will start the tour by taking on the national back-up squad coached by Ong Kim Swee at the TBC Stadium on Dec 13 and the return match will be played on Dec 28 at the State Stadium. 

Their next match in their pre season friendlies will be against former Malaysia Cup champions Negeri Sembilan at the Paroi Stadium, Negeri Sembilan on Dec 15 followed by playing Selangor at the Shah Alam Stadium on Dec 19. 

The last match will be against Armed Forces at the TBC Stadium on Dec 22.

Friendly Matches:

Dec 13 - Away vs Harimau Muda A (To be confirmed)
Dec 15 - Away vs Negeri Sembilan (Stadium Paroi)
Dec 19 - Away vs Selangor (Stadium Shah Alam)
Dec 22 - Away vs ATM (to be confirmed)
Dec 28 - Home vs Harimau Muda A (Stadium Negeri, Kuching)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

No Time Frame - Robert Alberts

KUCHING: Coach Roberts Alberts said that he is not giving the foreign imports any time frame on their stay for the selection trials in Sarawak. 

According to the coach, the selection will be made on the overall performance of the players during their trials with the team and the names of the players will only be announced after the selection committee had made their decisions on the matter. 

“I am not giving the import players any time limit on their stay for the selection trials here but I do admit that a week is a short time to gauge the players’ performance,” he said when met at the Stadium Sarawak Sunday.  

Alberts said that there is a possibility that the selection trials will be prolonged till early December as all these will depend on the team’s requirements and thus any players selected must fit into the playing system of the team. 

The Sarawak players resumed their training Sunday after a two week break in order for them to attend the Class C Coaching Course. 

Among the imported players who turned up for the training Sunday were Ivan Babic from Croatia, Oleg Vladimirovich Sibalov from Russia, Jefferson Nyeane Gbolokai from Liberia and Egypt’s Elsaid Elaraby.

Mudah-mudahan kita dapat striker yang betul-betul berkualiti bukannya striker pencen. Dah 2 season dapat player yang entah papa. 

Cuma nak highlight striker Laos no 20. Nya berjaya memikat hati saya sebagai pemerhati bolasepak. Nak tauk terer ka sik terer nya tok esok hari kita sama-sama diat nya benar-benar bagus main kah sik.

Baru berusia 25 tahun

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

History Channel: Vest unfazed by loss of three first team players

Sarawak will lose the services of three first team players next season. The trio, defenders Sazali Mohd. Ramli and Zaidel Sakup and midfielder Zapri Manai, have opted for the security of their jobs instead of the lucrative but relatively short career of professional football.

The three players have submitted their resignation letters to Football Association of Sarawak and their decisions are final. Vest is philosophical about their departure saying at a press conference yesterday. "If they don’t want to play anymore, I don’t want them anyway because we will be able to take players from the reserve squad."

Zapri Manai

Players like Desmond Maran, Azizan Hassan, Jeffrey Lana, Johnny Joseph and Patrick Hitler from the reserve squad will be given a chance to replace the trio who resigned this season.

Vest was a bit peeved by the rather late resignations of the players saying if he had known earlier, it might have influenced his decisions on the new signings. By coincidence all the three players are left footed players.
Zaidell was a the first choice defender last season partnering David Evans in the middle of the defence. Although not always listed in the first eleven, Sazali Mohd. Ramli featured regularly in Vest’s line up in the left back position while Zapri Manai played regularly in the left midfield position.

Despite the loss of two defenders, Vest is unperturbed about his defence next season. In fact part of his problem is solved by the signing of Jasni Mohd. from Johor who happens to be a left sided defender.

Vest will also be taking a hard look at Jeffery Lana, Johnny Joseph, Azizan Hassan and Desmond Maran who are defenders in the reserve squad.

If the need arises, he can convert some of the midfielders into defenders. Nazri Yunos had been deployed in the flank back positions in the past and acquitted himself well. Vest said that he might also consider playing veteran midfielder Mohd. Ali Shafiee in the defence.

Meanwhile the two new foreign players, Alistair Edwards and Billy Bone, will be arriving in Kuching on Sunday. Vest does not foresee any trouble for both of them in adapting to the climate and the style of playing in the M-League.

Edwards’ quality and effectiveness have been proven by his previous successful stints in Malaysian football while Bone had played in Hong Kong and Singapore before and is well aware of the demands of the game in this region.

The Bujang Senangs will start their training tommorow and will be leaving for Tasmania on March 6 for a 12 day pre season tour. Vest views the pre season tour with great importance saying that it will be a time when the players can build up their team work and match fitness.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

‘Black magic’ football

The so-called black magic was just a facade. It was all about psychological warfare and strategies to put Sarawak on the footballing map of Malaysia.  We were underdogs and I had to think of all ways to boost our spirits and rattle our opponents.  – Awang Mahyan, coach of the Sarawak Ngap Sayot team

CONCERNED: Mahyan (centre) taking a look at an injured Sarawak player in the second leg of Malaysia Cup semi-final against Kedah on neutral turf in Singapore, 1988.
OUTSIDE the packed Darul Aman Stadium in Kedah, tens of thousands of local fans were baying for the blood of the Sarawak team.

The frenzy was sparked by the sudden and unexpected appearance of a black cat on the pitch. But who let the dark-furred feline out? It seemed a moot point at the time. There were only speculations as to who the real culprit was – nobody knew for sure! And cats don’t talk.

Before long, insults, hurled at the Sarawak players from the stands, turned ballistic while inside the locker room, Mayan’s boys – 20 of them – kept their composure amidst salvos of fiery put-downs:
“Go back to your longhouses. Go back, you jungle people who still live on trees! Bomoh! Don’t play black magic, play real football.”

It was nothing new, actually. The incensed screams from the Kedah fans did little to unsettle the Sarawakians who had met a section of spectators while warming up earlier, and they knew what to expect. They had grown used to the highly-charged partisan atmosphere during away matches.

This time around, a place in the final of the pretigious Malaysia Cup was on the line and to get this far, Sarawak had defeated teams whose fans had called them worst names.

The players knew they had a tough match ahead against Kedah, one of the hot-shot sides, but they also knew this was the first time ever in the competition that they had shed their “fall guy” tag. They were no longer the laughing stock – and it was a welcome morale booster.

From lowly whipping boys who had had to collect goals by the gunnysacks – six, 10 and even 12 goals to nil – in hugely embarrassing drubbings at the hands (or feet) of many peninsular sides, they had risen to become a most feared side, powered by the rousing Ngap Sayot (eat all) battlecry.

And at the heart of this unorthodox resurgence was the equally unconventional and non-conformist Awang Mahyan Awang Mohamed, who, despite being appointed Sarawak coach just three months earlier, managed to imbue an indomitable self-belief in the team – a feat all those who came before him had failed to achieve.

Before the match, Mahyan came through the door and passed the players a seemingly ordinary plastic mineral bottle containing clear fluid. Each of them took a mouthful.

“Don’t shake hands with your opponents. Hug them instead and pat on their shoulders three times. Three times! No more, no less,” instructed Mahyan, then just 38 years old and whose claim to footballing fame was a very elementary coaching certificate.

After a pep talk, he reminded the players not to forget what he had told them earlier – no shaking hands, only hugs, and pats on the shoulders.

Armed with the Ngap Sayot spirit, the Sarawak team took to the field to face their opponents who were backed up by fanatical fans jamming every nook and cranny of the stadium.

That was September 1988. Sarawak were facing Kedah in the first semi-final leg of the Malaysia Cup – and they did as instructed. The players had full confidence in their coach’s “dark power” – just like the rest of the Sarawakian fans.

Mahyan, dubbed flamboyant and maverick by the media, had an even less flattering nickname – black magic coach – discourtesy of peninsular football coaches, players and fans.

In the three years – between June 4, 1988 and 1990 – while he was coach with the Football Association of Sarawak (FAS), tales of ‘black magic football’ surfaced and spread like wildfire among Sarawak fans, on TV, in bars or pubs, or open air eateries whenever Sarawak were playing at home or away.

Speculations and rumours dogged Mahyan wherever he went. But whether fact or fiction, his Ngap Sayot battlecry and mysterious “black magic” did propel Sarawak’s football to the next level.

Though shortlived, those were magical and glorious days that constituted an important chapter in the history of Sarawak football where stories that emerged at the time have become legends today.

AWANG MAHYAN … taking Sarawak out of footballing obscurity in the 1980s.
Just a facade
Two decades on, the enigmatic Mahyan still could not hide his mischievous smile when reminiscing how some people were so quick to equate his brand of football coaching with that of a “black magic coach” and how this eventful part of his life had unwittingly helped him script an interesting chapter of FAS history.

Still carefree and easy-going, Mahyan shrugs off his “black magic coach” moniker with a hearty laugh.

“What’s all the fuss about?” he gaffawed.

Indeed, while it was magic to others, it was all about mind games to Mahyan.

“Black magic was just a facade. It was all about psychological warfare and strategies to put Sarawak on the footballing map of Malaysia. We were underdogs and I had to think of all ways to boost our spirits and rattle our opponents,” he told thesundaypost.

Mind games were played not only on the opposing players but also on his own.

Source: Borneo Post


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