It does not matter how the match was won but Sarawak supremo Robert Alberts had a clear message that his team needs to be given due recognition in the Malaysia Cup after the East Malaysians carved out a 2-1 win over LionsXII.
Sarawak rode on an own goal and a penalty and then withstood a strong fightback from the visitors to stay in contention for a top two finish in Group D after losing their opening match to Perak in Ipoh by a 2-1 scoreline.
“Not many recognised us even after we won the Premier League title with an unbeaten record. And not many recognise us in the Malaysia Cup,” said Alberts.
“Hopefully, this win over the Super League champions will give us some recognition. The Lions came to Kuching with a high reputation and are the hot favourites to finish as group champions.
“They are also highly rated to win the Malaysia Cup but we have our own mission and will go as far as we can. Many still take us a Premier League outfit but we are undeterred.
“Sarawak showed what it takes to win promotion to the Super League next season. It is not wrong to say we are on par with the rest of the teams plying their trade in the Super League.”
The Dutchman has now set his sights on Sarawak’s next match – against Kedah in Alor Star on Tuesday. The Crocs are certainly in mood to carry on from where they left off against the Lions.
Perak remained on top in the group with four points after a 1-1 draw against Kedah in Alor Star while Sarawak are third on three points.