Pahang have warned their rivals that they aim to continue with their giant-killing ways in the FA Cup competition when they face Super League outfit T-Team in the second round at the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu tonight.
The Premier League side upset top flight team Felda United FC 1-0 last month and coach Dollah Salleh is confident his men can pull off another surprise.
“We have a good chance to clinch a quarter-final ticket. We are not bragging but, based on the team’s strong performances and our current form, I won’t be surprised if we pull off another upset against T-Team,” said Dollah from Kuala Terengganu yesterday.
The Pahang coach expects his two new Russian signings – Boris Kochkin and Eduard Sakhnevich – to provide more fire up front and to work in tandem with in-form forward Mohd Azamuddin Akil, who already has six goals to his credit.
“The two Russians are getting better and this is a good sign for us. Azamuddin is on fire and has been outstanding in creating chances and scoring,” said Dollah.
T-Team, who beat Premier League side Johor 2-0 in the first round, will find Pahang a tough nut to crack this time and the Terengganu outfit’s coach Yunus Alif will have to be wary of the threat posed by a resurgent Pahang, who won the FA Cup in 2006.
Pahang, FA Cup winners in 2006, are looking for a good run in the competition.
Although the Elephants are looking for a good run in the Cup competition, Dollah said their priority would be to top the Premier League and win promotion to the top flight.
After eight matches, Pahang are in second spot in the 12-team standings with 19 points – two behind leaders Armed Forces.