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Sabah Football Club (Malay: Kelab Bolasepak Sabah) is a Malaysian professional football club owned by Sabah Football Club Sdn Bhd. The club represents the state of Sabah in Borneo, Malaysia, and competes in the Malaysia Super League, the top tier of Malaysian professional football. Their home matches are played at the 35,000-capacity Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah.
|Full name||Sabah Football Club|
The Hawks (former)
|Founded||1950; 73 years ago (1950), as North Borneo Football Association|
2021; 2 years ago (2021), as Sabah Football Club (officially owned by Sabah Football Club Sdn Bhd.)
|Owner||Sabah Football Club Sdn Bhd. |
(Company Reg No. :1383683U)
|CEO||Ahmad Marzuki Nasir|
|Manager||Ong Kim Swee|
|Coach||Ong Kim Swee|
|League||Malaysia Super League|
|2022||Malaysia Super League, 3rd of 12|
Active departments of
Football U-20 (Men's)
Sabah FA (at that time) won the Malaysia FA Cup in 1995, the Malaysian Premier League (top tier) in 1996, and the Malaysia Premier League (second tier) in 2019. In 1995, Sabah FA also advanced to the second round of the Asian Cup Winners' Cup after defeating An Giang of V-League 3–1 on aggregate. They lost to Bellmare Hiratsuka (now Shonan Bellmare) of J-League 1–7 on aggregate.
Until 2021, Sabah FA, also known as Sabah FA State Football Team, was one of the 14 state teams in the Malaysian football system. It was funded and managed by the Sabah Football Association (SaFA) and relied mostly on state government grants. However, the Malaysian football league mandated that all teams in the top two leagues must be professional clubs by 2021, leading to the privatisation of Sabah FC.
Although other Sabah football clubs exist such as teams in Malaysia M5 League, Sabah FC is generally considered the de facto representative team of the state.