PETALING JAYA: Sabah coach Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto seems to have a way of rallying his Rhinos to victory.
On Sunday, Sabah charged from behind to beat Perak 2-1 at the Likas Stadium.
The visitors took the lead through Nazirul Naim in the 26th minute but goals from Amri Yahyah (pic) (65th) and Levy Madinda (79th) made sure they earned full points.
The Indonesian coach revealed that his emphasis on family values during the breather did the trick.
“Azizzan (Nordin) became a father on Saturday and I told the boys, if you’re brothers, you will do whatever it takes to win it for him and his family, ” said Kurniawan.
“I’m glad that talk had some effect because we showed great character in the second half. I must thank them for the hard work.
“In the first half, we had so many chances but conceded off a mistake.”
Their third win this season put them in eighth place with 13 points.
Kurniawan added that the euphoria from the Perak win should only stay for a day because they have another important clash against Melaka, who are a rung below them, today.
Despite playing at home, he warned the players not to feel too comfortable.
“What I want to see is the same commitment and hard work shown on Sunday.
“Once again, I will evaluate the players based on their performance before coming up with the starting line-up.”