Sarawak’s Sapian to put on hot welcome for Terengganu


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  • Tuesday, 29 Apr 2003

BY RIZAL ABDULLAH

JOHOR BARU: Sarawak want to end their first round campaign in Premier I with a bang when they take on anchor team Terengganu in tonight's home match at the Sarawak Stadium in Kuching. 

The Crocs have gone from strength to strength in both the league and the FA Cup. Terengganu, at the bottom of the 13-team Premier 1 League with only one win – which was against Penang at home – are in for a torrid time against the homesters who are currently fifth in the table with 18 points. 

Sarawak will also meet Perlis in in the FA Cup sem-finals. 

TWIN TERROR: Former Terengganu striker Sapian Wahid (top) and Ghanian EShun, seen here tussling with Johor FC's Bahtiar Othman, will be spearheading Sarawak's goal hunt against Terengganu tonight.

Terengganu will have to take note that Sarawak have registered big wins on their home turf. In the last match at the Sarawak Stadium, they whipped Kelantan 5-1. 

Former Terengganu striker Sapian Wahid, who returned to Sarawak after a five-year stint with the Turtles – during which time he helped the East Coast side win the Malaysia Cup for the first time in 2001 – will be a thorn in his former team. 

Sapian seems to have rediscovered his scoring touch. He netted a hattrick against Kelantan and also scored when Sarawak held Perlis to a 2-2 draw at Kangar's Utama Stadium last Saturday. 

Sapian has formed a deadly partnership with Ghanaian striker Robert Eshun and coach Jalil Ramli is again counting on them to deliver tonight. 

Sarawak's well oiled scoring machine has netted 27 goals – the highest tally in Premier I – while Terengganu's total is a paltry eight.  

Jalil is aware that Sarawak need to collect the points at home and also in away matches to keep pace with leaders Perak (24 points), second and third placed Kedah (23 each) and Pahang (19) to finish in the top six and an automatic place in the proposed eight-team Super League next year.  

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