Sarawak are smiling again


KUCHING: For once the Sarawak dressing room was a happy place – and two hours later Portuguese striker Fernando Manuel Co was still game for a jig in the company of his African supporters to celebrate Sarawak’s first win in the Super League. 

It did not matter that it took the Crocs seven matches to secure their first full points. The 3-1 win over neighbours Sabah at the Sarawak Stadium on Saturday was all the more sweeter because it also ended a seven-year itch. 

Sarawak last beat their neighbours at home in 1997. And the Crocs believe that the win is the just start of better things to come for them. 

More importantly, as coach Trevor Morgan said: “It lifted a big load off the shoulders of the players.” 

“The dressing room is a happy place tonight,” said Morgan during a post-match press conference. “We got our rewards although Sabah were very much in the game when we were leading 2-1. Sabah probably were tired after their hard-fought midweek FA Cup match against Perlis.” 

Sarawak have two-goal hero Co to thank for the win. 

Co, who was playing only because Ghanaian striker Robert Eshun was sidelined with a hamstring injury, scored his first off a penalty in the 15th minute after Nazrulerwan Makmor brought down Gilbert Cassidy Gawing in the box. 

However, Co’s first Super League goal was marred when he was was booked for taking off his jersey while celebrating the goal. 

His second came a minute after Sabah had equalised in the 17th minute. Gilbert made sure of a good win for Sarawak when he scored the third goal in the 62nd minute.