The mascot was reintroduced during the virtual launch of the new 2021 season Sabah FC jersey from Lotto on Sabah FC’s official Facebook (Sabah Football Association) that saw the unveiling of “The Rhinos”, the team’s red main jersey bearing the design of a rhinoceros head.
The second jersey or the ‘away’ jersey, is dubbed the “Blue Kinabalu”, with a more informal design and emblazoned with Sabah’s iconic symbol, Mount Kinabalu.
Sabah FC team manager, Marzuki Nasir said the return of the rhino mascot was due to the requests of many football fans in Sabah.
“I have listened to the many voices of our fans out there who want us to bring back the rhino mascot and personally, the rhino is closer to me and our players as it has been with us since so long ago,” he said when commenting on bringing back the rhino mascot during the launch today.
During the last Malaysia League season, the Sabah team had replaced the rhino with a new mascot ‘Tambadau”.
Meanwhile, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor expressed his hope that the management and players would give their full commitment in developing football in the country.
“I’m confident that we can do it. Go The Rhinos, go Sabah FC, I’m sure we can achieve success in the Malaysia League this year,” he said.