KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah boys fought back gallantly to hold Pahang 1-1 in Group C of the National Under-16 tournament at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil Sunday.
Last year, Sabah beat Pahang 2-1 at the group stage but lost 2-1 in the bronze medal playoff.
Yesterday, Hazim Mohamed Ahir gave Pahang the lead in the second minute, but Ahmad Amza Masri stole a point for his team with an 18th minute strike.
Sabah coach Hasrul Jideh said his charges had improved, but he wants more from them in the next match against Kuala Lumpur Monday, as they had also drawn 1-1 against Kelantan on Saturday.
"We have eight players from last year's side and although we have improved since finishing fourth, the other teams have also improved as well.
"And after two draws, we need to beat Kuala Lumpur in our final group match to keep our hopes alive of playing for a medal," said Hasrul.
Kuala Lumpur lost 3-2 to Pahang on Saturday but beat Kelantan 2-1 yesterday. They will also be looking for a win aganst Sabah.
RESULTS -- Boys: Group A: Sarawak x Johor x, Perak x Negri Sembilan x.
Group B: Terengganu 1 Malacca 0.
Group C: Kelantan 1 Kuala Lumpur 2, Pahang 1 Sabah 1.
GIRLS: Group A: Negri Sembilan 1 Pahang 8.
Group C: Terengganu 1 Selangor 1, Johor 0 Perak 0.
MONDAY -- Boys: Group A: Perlis v Negri Sembilan (8pm, Pitch I), Sarawak v Perak (8pm, Pitch II).
Group B: Penang v Malacca (9.15pm, Pitch I).
Group C: Kuala Lumpur v Sabah (6.45pm, Pitch I), Kelantan v Pahang (6.45pm, Pitch II).
GIRLS -- Group A: Negri Sembilan v Perlis (8.45am, Pitch I), Kuala Lumpur v Pahang (10am, Pitch II).
Group B: Sarawak v Penang (7.30am, Pitch I), Sabah v Malacca (8.45am, Pitch II).